It's Chicken Time.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is their specialty.

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The raising cane’s chicken fingers tenders is doing for chicken tenders what another Southern-born brand, Chick-fil-A, did for chicken sandwiches creating tastier fast-food versions that will become popular around the country.It all started in Louisiana when Todd Graves had the idea to build a chicken finger-focused restaurant and enlisted the support of his buddy and business partner, Craig Silvey, to make it a reality. They filed a business plan as part of a course at Louisiana State University. According to the company’s web history.

The plan received the lowest mark in the class, and the professor stated that a chicken finger restaurant would never succeed. The banks expressed the same sentiment. Yet, Graves remained firm in his ideas and earned enough money over spells working as a boilermaker at a Louisiana refinery and then as a salmon fisherman in Alaska to launch his first restaurant in a repurposed bakery Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Every Raising Cane’s restaurant

When he was pulling down walls, he discovered an ancient mural of the bakery emblem hidden under the brick and opted to use the style and lettering from the mural instead. Every Raising Cane’s restaurant now has a signature mural depicting the Raising Cane’s logo emerging from behind the middle of a broken brick wall, which can be found in every location. 

Each also includes one or more photographs of Graves’ dog, Raising Cane, who used to hang around on the construction site with Graves while working on the original eatery’s development. Following this, he was persuaded by a friend to name the site after the loyal Labrador Retriever who had saved his life. (His first concept was dubbed “Sockeye’s Chicken Fingers” since he had fished for Sockeye salmon to generate startup funding for the company.) Even though Raising Cane has since gone away yt5s.

Graves and His Wife

Graves and his wife have taken care of a puppy named Cane II, who has grown up and is now registered as a therapy dog, visiting children’s hospitals every week. In addition to personal tales and images on the company website, photos in the restaurants, as well as a note to customers printed on the soft drink cups explaining the chain’s “fresh, never frozen” philosophy, the founder and his dogs are very much in evidence throughout the operation.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers And Decor

Otherwise, the Raising Cane decor is best described as diverse, with many pop culture photos and movie posters, everything from Wonder Woman to Elvis. It is ordered at the counter and grabs a seat for fast food with a drive-thru. Yet, the quality of the elegant furnishings, brick and wood finishes of the floors and walls, and pervasive hospitality of the personnel recall a slightly more sophisticated take on the genre. 

The strategy works – in the two decades since the first site opened in 1996, Raising Cane’s has spread to about 400 outlets in 24 states and several foreign countries, especially in the Middle East. Business Insider dubbed it the “top restaurant chain of 2017,” For the 20th anniversary, Graves released a five-year strategy to reach 600 outlets and $1.5 billion in revenue by 2020.

Fries at Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

Like the chicken, the fries at Raising Cane’s are better than average, thinner and crispier than most. Because the fries are salted immediately after frying, the crinkles aid to increase surface area. The coleslaw is also cooked fresh daily in each location, staying crisp. Crispiness and creaminess complement the chicken well.

Bottom Line

The equation is simple: if you like chicken tenders or chicken tender sandwiches, you’ll love Raising Cane’s (though the sweet tea is good). In addition to being nice at the counter, I notice cheerful personnel walking the restaurants, making eye contact, and cleaning up, which I don’t often see at fast-food companies.

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