Popular chicken finger brand known for active community involvement celebrates grand opening Tuesday
LAWRENCE, KS (April 27, 2016) – The wait is almost over!
Chicken finger lovers in and around Lawrence can finally circle their calendars for the opening of their very first Raising Cane’s.
The popular Louisiana-based restaurant company known for its ONE LOVE® – quality chicken finger meals – will hold its first grand opening in the state of Kansas on Tuesday, May 3, at 2435 Iowa St., near the University of Kansas campus.
Grand opening festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. First-time visitors will be treated to traditional cheers and other high-energy chants to launch the location in unique Cane’s fashion, compliments of its 50-60 newly hired crewmembers. KU mascot Baby Jay will also be on-hand to participate in the festivities. Doors open to the public at 10 a.m.
Local residents should not be surprised if loyal fans of the brand – affectionately known as “Caniacs” – decide to campout overnight to be the first in line for their favorite chicken finger meals.
To add to the opening-day excitement, the first 20 paying, dine-in customers ages 13 and older will receive Free Cane’s for a Year! In addition, the first 100 paying, dine-in customers ages 13 and older will receive a free Cane’s Lawrence 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, crinkle-cut fries and a drink – that may be redeemed on a subsequent visit.
“I can’t tell you how excited my crew and I are to introduce Raising Cane’s to the Sunflower State and, more specifically, to the people of Lawrence,” said General Manager Ashley Corbin, a proud graduate of Lawrence High School. “What’s really cool is how many Caniacs already live here. I know it because they’ve been coming out of the woodwork, asking me when we’re opening so they can get their chicken finger fix!”
Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 and named for his yellow Labrador, Raising Cane’s earned the distinction of being among the Top 10 quick service restaurant chains in the nation for 2015, according to the authoritative Sandelman & Associates Quick-Track study, based on food quality, customer service, cleanliness and other important factors.
In addition to its focus on chicken fingers, Raising Cane’s is renowned for its commitment to active involvement in its local communities.
On April 29, Corbin and her crewmembers volunteered at the Jubilee Café, a program operated by the KU Center for Community Outreach that provides breakfast for in-need community members in a restaurant-style environment.
“I first became aware of the Jubilee Café’s work several years ago, and since then, I’ve seen what a wonderful service they provide to our community,” said Corbin. “My crew and I were honored to support their work for our pre-opening service project, and we’re looking forward to pitching in with the local schools and many other organizations in Lawrence in the weeks, months and years ahead.”
Raising Cane’s is a proud sponsor of KU Baseball, Softball and Track and has participated in such events as the KU Relays at Rock Chalk Park and a recent Jayhawks baseball game. The restaurant has also held recruiting events on campus at the KU School of Business.
Hours of operation at the new Lawrence restaurant are Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. This marks the first Raising Cane’s in Kansas and the 263rd nationwide.
Two more Raising Cane’s are currently under construction in the Kansas City area. The restaurant at 1000 N.E. Coronado Drive in Blue Springs is slated to open May 24. A third location in Westport is scheduled for a June 7 opening.
ABOUT RAISING CANE'S®:
Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 in Baton Rouge, La., RAISING CANE'S CHICKEN FINGERS has more than 260 restaurants in 20 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 raisingcanes.com.
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