Wait Nearly Over for “Caniacs” in Omaha

City’s first Raising Cane’s set to open January 31st

OMAHA, NE (January 21, 2013) – Chicken finger lovers passing by the Raising Cane’s restaurant under construction on Dodge Street near UNO can practically taste the premium tenderloins, crinkle-cut fries, Texas Toast, sweet tea and, of course, that secret recipe Cane’s sauce already.

Fortunately, they won’t have to let their imaginations do the work much longer.  Baton Rouge-based Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers will open its first restaurant in Omaha on Thursday, January 31st.  Cane’s newest location at 7060 Dodge Street (at 72nd), close to Creighton Preparatory School, Westside High, Mercy Catholic High and several elementary and middle schools, will be the chain’s 3rd restaurant in Nebraska and the 149th overall across 17 states.

Raising Cane’s founder and CEO Todd Graves believes the timing is perfect for his restaurant in Omaha, given the brand’s success in the state capital.  “Nebraskans have really embraced Raising Cane’s since we opened our first restaurant in Lincoln in 2006,” said Graves.  “We think Omaha is going to be another thriving market for our brand, and we intend to bring great jobs, great chicken finger meals and great community support to the area over the months and years ahead.”

General Manager Scott Podwinski, a University of Nebraska alumnus who has lived in Omaha for the past four years, shares Graves’ enthusiasm for the company’s newest market.

“Omaha is such a great place to live and work, and it’s been fun to watch the excitement build ever since we announced that Cane’s was on its way,” said Podwinski.  “Seems like everybody I run into tells me how they can’t wait to get their ONE LOVE on.  It’s really cool!”

Known for its ONE LOVE® – quality chicken finger meals – Raising Cane’s is in the midst of a rapid nationwide expansion.  The company is a recognized industry leader in customer service and is distinguished by its generous support of the communities it serves.

On January 25, Podwinski and his Crewmembers will be volunteering at the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha, helping with general maintenance and cleaning.

“Active support of our local communities is a huge part of Raising Cane’s DNA, so you’ll see us getting heavily involved in Omaha’s schools and other non-profit organizations over the coming months and years,” said Podwinski. 

A grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony will be conducted at the restaurant at 9:30 AM on January 31st, in conjunction with the Omaha Chamber of Commerce and local city officials and dignitaries.  The UNO cheerleaders and mascot are also scheduled to make special appearances.  First-time visitors to the ceremonies are in for a treat, as 45-50 newly hired Crewmembers will be performing their traditional cheers and other high-energy chants to launch the new location in unique Cane’s fashion. 

Doors will open to the public at 10:00 AM.  The first 100 dine-in customers will receive a commemorative Omaha Cane’s T-shirt, along with a voucher for a free Box Combo that may be redeemed on a subsequent visit.  (The voucher is not valid on Opening Day.) In many expansion markets, customers camp out overnight to be among the first to enjoy Cane’s offerings. 

Between January 31st and February 7th, Omaha customers will also be invited to enter a drawing 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 nearly 150 restaurants in 17 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.

Earlier this year, Cane’s outstanding customer service was recognized by Sandelman & Associates’ Quick-Track study as one of the nation’s best among quick-service restaurants, for the fifth consecutive year.  The company placed second for best overall service among 150 chains, and earned top honors for temperature of food, accuracy in filling orders and restaurant cleanliness.

More information is available at www.RaisingCanes.com.

Contact: Ladd Biro, Champion Management 

972.930.9933; lbiro@championmgt.com

 

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