Fake Cheesecake Factory sign sparks buzz in New Mexico city

The Cheesecake Factory restaurant is seen in Old Pasadena Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. A man dressed in black threw a homemade incendiary device into the crowded California restaurant Thursday at dinnertime, and when it ignited, panicked patrons abandoned their meals and knocked over chairs as they rushed for the exits. But no one was hurt. Authorities described it as "homemade pyrotechnic device" but did not disclose its contents. Police is still looking for the man who threw it. The restaurant reopened Friday. (AP Photo Damian Dovarganes)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A construction site in southern New Mexico, which sparked buzz with a fake sign announcing it as a future home of a Cheesecake Factory, is really a future emergency center.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that officials say pranksters put up the bogus sign on a gate as a joke.

Still, the fake sign announcing “The Cheesecake Factory Fall 2017” and another one saying “Dave and Busters Coming Soon” generated excitement on social media in Las Cruces, a city of 100,000 people near the U.S.-Mexico border.

City officials dashed those hopes Thursday by confirming the site is destined to be an emergency department for MountainView Regional Medical Center.

The Las Cruces Police Department says the pranksters could face charges.

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