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Raising Cane’s only has one love, and that’s quality chicken finger meals! HI Now host Jobeth Devera went to check out one of Hawaii’s newest fast-food joints.
At Raising Cane’s, you get high-quality food served quickly and conveniently. Chicken is the only thing on the menu, but you can get it in a variety of combos. The restaurant also has “Tailgate” specials in 25, 50, 75 and 100 packs of chicken fingers and its special Cane’s Sauce. And to wash it all down, try Raising Cane’s famous fresh tea and lemonade.
Founder Todd Graves started Raising Cane’s in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1996. He put together a business plan for the restaurant as part of a college project and received the worst grade in the class. The professor said a chicken finger restaurant would never work, but today, Raising Cane’s has over 400 restaurants in the U.S. and abroad.
Originally, the name of the restaurant was going to be “Sockeye’s Chicken Fingers,” after the Sockeye salmon Graves fished for in Alaska to raise money to start the restaurant. Luckily, a friend convinced him to name the first restaurant after his dog, Raising Cane. During the renovation of the first restaurant, his dog used to hang out around the building site. The first Cane was a friendly, yellow lab who loved to be around people. Since his passing, there have been two successors.
Giving back to the community is very important to Raising Cane’s, and they do this in a number of ways.
1) Education: Raising Cane’s believes education is a major foundation for each community and its students to achieve their potential.
2) Feeding the hungry: Raising Cane’s believes that no one should go hungry. The restaurant supports local food banks and other organizations who provide meals and goods to the homeless and the hungry.
3) Pet welfare: It should come as no surprise that Raising Cane’s supports local pet welfare causes. Its namesake, Raising Cane, was a yellow Labrador, and its current mascot brings exposure to the important need for humane no-kill pet facilities.
4) Active lifestyles: Raising Cane’s supports walking trails, recreation areas and programs, runs and walks, sports teams and physical fitness programs to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
5) Business development and entrepreneurship: Raising Cane’s has a well-known entrepreneurial story, and it believes that supporting entrepreneurs builds small business success and economic impact.