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Raising Canes Set to Open 4 East Bank Eateries
by Ashley Rouen
If Southerners can agree on their love of one thing, it’s fried chicken. New Orleanians should be revved up about two new Raising Cane’s locations in Orleans Parish. Friday (7-18) marks the grand opening of the chicken finger eatery at 3235 S. Carrollton Ave. On Thursday, July 24, the fast food restaurant chain, named after the beloved yellow lab of founder, CEO and New Orleans native Todd Graves, will swing open the doors of yet another location at 1406 St. Charles Ave.
Raising Cane’s is set to open three more locations between now and January, including one in Gentilly on Chef Menteur Hwy and another at Claiborne and Toledano. The company predicts the expansion will create rougly 350 jobs, which they will be looking to fill in the next six months. “It gets people back to work,” said New Orleans Area Director Derrick Dunne, “and aids the entire economy.”
The first 100 customers to dine at the newest spots will receive a free Cane’s T-Shirt and voucher for a Box Combo. In addition to those fun freebies, customers can choose to participate in Cane’s “Give Back Giveaway,” which puts their name in a raffle to win a $1,000 donation to the local charity of their choice and free Cane’s for a year.
Their local presence extends to the brand’s community dedication. In preparation for the S. Carrollton Ave. opening, last week they interacted with the Hollygrove community by helping clean and landscape their garden.
“We look for opportunities to get out and help and stay involved," Dunne said. "It’s really the core value of what we do as a brand.”
Next week, in conjunction with their debut on St. Charles Avenue, they’ll do the same thing by visiting St. Michaels Special School to tidy up from summer activities and get them ready for the new school year.
Giving back is a staple of the company created by of Graves, who dreamed of owning a chicken finger restaurant. He originally introduced the idea in a business plan for a college class, which the professor rejected, and he received worst grade. That did not deter him.
The now multi-millionaire took a job as a boilermaker for an Oil Refinery and travelled to Alaska, fishing for Sockeye Salmon 20 hours a day. When he finally saved enough money to qualify for a loan, he began renovating the first ever Raising Cane’s, which opened its doors on LSU’s campus back in 1996.
“Being Louisiana born and bred and based in Baton Rouge,” says Dunne, “This area is near and dear to our hearts. It’s big to open in our home state and good to return to our roots. It’s the reason we got our start. We love to provide and give back.”
Raising Cane’s now has 191 restaurants nationwide, with 69 in Louisiana. They are located in 18 states as far west as Las Vegas and north as Minnesota and Boston.
Anyone interested in Cane’s community involvement should request info online or contact a manager at one of the many locations. For job inquiries, visit CaniacCareers.com.
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