Cheesecake Factory still boasts the industry's largest grossing restaurants, but the popular chain known for its big meals hit a few bumps during the recession when it took too long to realize the downturn was more than a blip, said founder David Overton. Now, as the industry starts to recover, the 162-unit chain is slowly starting to expand again with new restaurants in Asia, Kuwait and Dubai, and plans to expand in the 40 U.S. states where it operates.

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