City Creek
Rendering shows the new City Creek development. When the center opens in March 2012, there will be 80 retailers and a mix of restaurants spread out over the two-block development.

SALT LAKE CITY — The dining lineup at City Creek Center is taking shape.

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control approved liquor licenses Thursday for two of the five restaurants planned for the $1.5 billion mixed-use development.

When it opens in March 2012, City Creek will be home to Utah's second Cheesecake Factory and the state's first Texas de Brazil Brazilian steakhouse.

Headquartered in Calabasas, Calif., the Cheesecake Factory operates 150 restaurants in 30 states nationwide. The downtown Salt Lake City location will occupy 11,000 square feet, with seating for 350 people, according to a company spokesman.

Meanwhile, Steve Barth of Taubman Centers Inc., the firm that will manage the retail portion of City Creek Center, said the Salt Lake City location of Texas de Brazil would be the 19th in the U.S. for the Dallas-based, family-owned chain of churrascaria — Brazilian steakhouse — restaurants. The company also has one location in Aruba and another planned for Trinidad.

Three other restaurants are expected to sign leases in the coming months. City Creek Center already houses nearly a dozen eateries in its food court.

When it opens next spring, City Creek is expected to employ approximately 2,000 people through its retail, office and commercial tenants, Barth said. The property's master plan was developed by City Creek Reserve Inc., a real estate subsidiary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In March, City Creek Center developers unveiled the formal countdown clock that will constantly remind passersby of the impending grand opening scheduled for March 22, 2012. When completed, the 23-acre City Creek Center will feature 800,000 square feet of shopping, dining and office space.

Additionally, among the unique features of the project will be a fully retractable glass roof, a skybridge over Main Street and a re-creation of City Creek — the snow-fed stream that once flowed through the city.

Contributing: Wendy Leonard