Bendel exits Cheesecake for undisclosed ‘opportunity’

CALABASAS HILLS Calif. After only nine months on the job, Russ Bendel is stepping down as president and chief operating officer of The Cheesecake Factory Restaurants to pursue another opportunity, effective immediately, officials said Wednesday. Bendel would not disclose his new position, but he described it as "entrepreneurial."

Bendel said he plans to start his new job within a couple weeks. He said it was an “entrepreneurial opportunity that just came along

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