Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

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Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
GenreFast food
FoundedAugust 28, 1996; 22 years ago (1996-08-28)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
FoundersTodd Graves and Craig Silvey
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
United States
Number of locations
Area served
United States, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
Revenue$1 billion (2017)

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers (also called Cane’s) is a fast-food restaurant chain specializing in chicken fingers, that was founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by Todd Graves and Craig Silvey on August 26, 1996. While company headquarters remain in Louisiana, a second restaurant support office was opened in Plano, Texas in 2009, followed by a third in August 2018 in North Platte, Nebraska.


Todd Graves first started dreaming of his very own restaurant in the early 1990s. Craig Silvey, an initial partner in Todd's plan, was enrolled in a business plan writing course at LSU at the time. They wrote the business plan and Silvey turned it in, for which Silvey received a "B-".[1] Although the business plan was rejected numerous times by potential investors, Graves set out to earn the money he needed to start the restaurant, first by working in refineries in California, then by fishing for sockeye salmon in Alaska. He and Silvey then obtained an SBA loan, which they used to open the first restaurant in Baton Rouge at the intersection of Highland Road and State Street near the LSU campus. They even drew on the help of friends and family for some of the work on Cane's 1, and many of these names are carved in the restaurant woodwork. Originally, the small restaurant competed against a similarly themed drive-in called Bailey's Chicken Fingers on the opposite end of the campus. By 1999, however, it was able to prove itself the more successful business: it forced Bailey's out of business, becoming the only chicken-finger focused restaurant in the area.

In mid-1999, Silvey sold his stake to Graves to focus on completing an MBA at Wake Forest University and work in Silicon Valley. Later, Graves asked Silvey to return as vice president of finance and information technology.


By 2008, the chain had grown to over 50 locations. Most of these locations were in Louisiana, particularly in the Baton Rouge area. The first location outside of Baton Rouge opened in 2001 in Lafayette. Since then, over 420 restaurants have opened in 25 other states, in addition to all eight metropolitan areas of Louisiana. Graves plans to continue expanding the chain throughout the United States and internationally. Outside of the United States, there is one restaurant each in these nations: Lebanon & United Arab Emirates, plus two in Bahrain, five in Kuwait & eight in Saudi Arabia. Today, there are over 440 locations globally. [2]

In the United States, the chain has at least one restaurant in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. The first restaurant in Alaska is expected to open in March 2019 in Anchorage, becoming the chain's 27th state.[3] Other than restaurants owned by Raising Cane's itself, the company has franchise partners that operate restaurants within certain regions of the United States. For example, Alaska and Hawaii restaurants are operated by Panda Restaurant Group, while restaurants in Ohio and Northern Kentucky are operated by RCO Limited.

In January 2009, the company opened a second restaurant support office in Plano, TX; by August 2018 the third support office opened in North Platte, NE.[4] In June 2011 it opened its 100th restaurant in Laurel, Mississippi. In February 2013 it opened its 150th location in San Antonio, Texas. The 250th location opened in December 2015 in Lake Jackson, Texas. In November 2016 Houston, Texas hosted the 300th restaurant's opening, on Rice & Westpark Tollway. In October 2017 Stillwater, Oklahoma was the site of the 350th store. The 400th store opened in Beavercreek, OH in October 2018.

CEO Graves and the chain have given more than 25 percent of their profits back to the communities where restaurants operate with an emphasis on schools, food banks, active lifestyles, canine assistance and business and entrepreneur organizations.[5]


Graves and Silvey, who both worked as salmon fishermen in Alaska to raise money to open the first Raising Cane's restaurant, were going to name the chain Sockeye's Chicken Fingers, after the Sockeye salmon they fished for. They were later convinced to name it after Graves's dog, a yellow Labrador, "Raising Cane," called "Cane" for short. The name is also a pun on the term "Raising Cain" or "Raise Cain", which is biblical reference to Cain and Abel in the Book of Genesis, and its a term meaning to cause havoc or create problems. "Raising Cane I" died of old age, Raising Cane II died on 11 September 2016, and the most recent mascot for the restaurant, Raising Cane III, was announced by Graves on 27 January 2018. [6]


The sign at the original location ("Mothership") at the intersection of Highland Rd and State St. in Baton Rouge

The original Raising Cane's was established in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the North Gates of Louisiana State University, at the intersection of East State Street and Highland Road. When remodeling the building, Graves discovered a hand painted sign featuring the logo from a previous business, Wolf's Bakery, under the cracking plaster on the south interior wall. It is a takeoff on the one for the bakery. The remains are still visible and intact on the wall inside the restaurant.


Chicken fingers at Raising Cane's

Raising Cane's offers a limited menu consisting of four main combos: "The Box Combo," "The 3-Finger Combo," "The Caniac Combo" and "The Sandwich Combo." It also includes a Kid's Meal and several sizes of bulk chicken items called Tailgates. [7]

Most of its restaurants use Coca-Cola as their primary soft drink supplier, but some, located in universities with differing pouring rights, use Pepsi, with Dr Pepper availability varied by market/local bottler. All of the restaurants do serve lemonade as well as iced tea.

Cane's Sauce is provided with all chicken finger meals and is the signature sauce of the restaurant; customers may opt for Louisiana hot sauce and/or honey mustard sauce for free. Only managers at Cane's have access to the recipe. They are held to a confidentiality agreement regarding any details about the recipe, which features a mix of spices that come packaged to each restaurant.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "History" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Todd Graves | Raising Cane's | Secret Millionaire | Chicken Fingers | Cane's Sauce". Raisingcanes.com. Retrieved 2011-05-29.
  3. ^ admin (2013-03-28). "Locations". Raising Cane's | Chicken Fingers | Cane's Sauce. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  4. ^ "Star Local News > Plano Star-courier > News > Raising Cane's moves to Plano". Lewisvilleleader.com. November 12, 2008. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  5. ^ "Learn About Todd". raisingcanes.com. January 1, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  6. ^ "Todd Graves | Raising Cane's | Secret Millionaire | Chicken Fingers | Cane's Sauce". Raisingcanes.com. Retrieved 2011-05-29.
  7. ^ "Our Menu". Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers. Retrieved October 22, 2014.

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