CALABASAS HILLS CALIF. —With former Mimi’s Cafe chain boss Russell W. “Russ” Bendel now on deck to lead The Cheesecake Factory Inc.’s restaurant division as president and chief operating officer, the industry’s sales-per-unit leader is pulling the trigger to grow its secondary Grand Lux Cafe concept. That news comes as no surprise to industry veterans who have studied the bellwether Calabasas Hills-based company, which debuted Grand Lux Cafe in 1999, ...

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