April 18th grand opening marks company’s third Missouri restaurant in 30 days
ST. LOUIS (April 15, 2013) – Shoppers at Chesterfield Mall will soon be able to savor their favorite chicken fingers when Raising Cane’s opens its third St. Louis-area restaurant on Thursday, April 18th.
The Chesterfield Mall location will also be Louisiana-based Raising Cane’s third restaurant in Missouri, and the 156th overall across 18 states. The company opened its first two area locations in the Saint Louis Galleria Mall and the Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters to great fanfare on March 28th.
Joel Donato, General Manager for the new Chesterfield Mall restaurant, has seen firsthand the excitement generated over the past few weeks at the other Raising Cane’s locations across the city, and he’s ready to keep the buzz building.
“The Galleria and Mid Rivers Mall restaurants have gotten off to great starts, which really shows you how enthusiastic the locals are about our chicken fingers,” said Donato. “I may be biased, but I think Chesterfield Mall is going to be even better! My team and I can’t wait to share our ONE LOVE with the shoppers here!”
Known for its ONE LOVE® – quality chicken finger meals – Raising Cane’s is in the midst of a rapid nationwide expansion.
Last month, Raising Cane’s founder and CEO Todd Graves spoke about the importance of the St. Louis area to the company. “We believe this will be an ideal market for our brand, and we intend to bring great jobs, great chicken finger meals and great community support to St. Louis and beyond over the months and years ahead.”
In February, Raising Cane’s earned the distinction of #1 Quick Service Restaurant Chain in the Nation for 2012, according to the authoritative Sandelman & Associates Quick-Track study. In addition to scoring top overall honors, Cane’s earned six additional first-place awards. More than 63 percent of Raising Cane’s customers rated their most recent visit “excellent” overall (rating of “5” on a 5-point scale).
The company is likewise distinguished by its generous support of the communities it serves.
On Friday, April 12th, Donato and his fellow Crewmembers volunteered at the YMCA of Chesterfield, raking leaves, planting flowers, pulling shrubs and pitching in as needed on a beautification initiative for the local campus, which serves as the administrative headquarters for all St. Louis-area YMCAs.
“We walk the walk when it comes to actively supporting our local communities,” said Donato. “It’s a huge part of Raising Cane’s DNA, and every one of us is committed to serving the area’s schools and other non-profit organizations over the months and years ahead.”
Grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremonies will be conducted at the new restaurant at 9:30 AM on April 18th, in conjunction with the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and other local dignitaries. First-time visitors to the ceremonies are in for a treat, as 25-30 newly hired Crewmembers will be performing their traditional cheers and other high-energy chants to launch the new location in unique Cane’s fashion.
The restaurant will officially open to the public at 10:00 AM. The first 100 customers will receive a commemorative Chesterfield Mall Cane’s T-shirt, along with a voucher for a free Box Combo – containing four fresh, never ever frozen chicken fingers, Texas toast, secret recipe Cane’s sauce, coleslaw, fries and a drink – that may be redeemed on a subsequent visit.
Between April 18th and 25th, Chesterfield Mall customers will also be invited to participate in the company’s “Give Back Giveaway” tradition, in which one customer will win a $1,000 donation to his or her local charity of choice, along with Free Cane’s for a Year.
ABOUT RAISING CANE'S®:
Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 in Baton Rouge, La., RAISING CANE'S CHICKEN FINGERS has more than 150 restaurants in 18 states with multiple new restaurants under construction. The company has ONE LOVE®—quality chicken finger meals—and is continually recognized for its unique business model and customer satisfaction. Raising Cane’s vision is to have restaurants all over the world and be the brand for quality chicken finger meals, a great crew, cool culture, and active community involvement.
More information is available at www.RaisingCanes.com.
Contact: Ladd Biro, Champion Management
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