Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

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Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
GenreFast food
FoundedAugust 28, 1996; 24 years ago (1996-08-28)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
FoundersTodd Graves and Craig Silvey
Number of locations
Over 530
Area served

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers (also called Raising Cane's) is a fast-food restaurant chain specializing in chicken fingers founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by Todd Graves and Craig Silvey on August 26, 1996.


Todd Graves and Craig Silvey, who were enrolled in a business plan writing course at LSU at the time (Todd did not go to LSU; he grew up in Baton Rouge and went to The University of Georgia. Craig went to LSU), wrote the business plan and Silvey submitted it, for which he received a C-minus. Todd worked at Guthrie's Chicken Fingers while at UGA, which is the sole basis for the Raising Cane's business. His boss was Roddy Smith. Smith eventually became the 1st Director of Operations Raising Cane's. The Guthrie's location Todd worked at, located in Athens, Georgia, went out of business and, a few years later, it was renovated and reopened as a Raising Cane's location. [1] The business plan was rejected numerous times by potential investors, so Graves earned the needed money working as a boilermaker in a Los Angeles refinery and fishing for sockeye salmon in Alaska. He and Silvey 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.[2][3]

Many restaurants switched from dine-ins to pick-up and take away in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, while others closed completely. As of July, some locations had reopened dining rooms although Todd Graves said the company was in no rush to do so.[4]


Graves' original dog was Raising Cane, a yellow Labrador. Other namesake Labradors have served as company mascots, as well as certified therapy animals. The current dog is Raising Cane III, adopted in January 2018.[5]

International expansion[edit]

The chain first began expanding internationally in 2015, opening its first restaurant in Kuwait.[6] The namesake mascot, a dog, is not seen on signage and merchandise, as dogs are not popular in Kuwait.[7]


The Caniac Combo

Raising Cane's offers a limited menu consisting of five main combos: the "Box Combo," the "3 Finger Combo," the "Caniac Combo," the "Kids Combo," and the "Sandwich Combo." It also includes several "Tailgates" that come with a bulk of chicken fingers. The side menu includes french fries, Texas toast and cole slaw. The company uses canola oil[2] to cook their chicken tenderloins and fries.


  1. ^ Sayre, Alan (June 12, 2007). "Finger joint beat the odds on fish turf". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. D3.
  2. ^ a b Olmstead, Larry (May 30, 2018). "This fast-food chain serves one specialty". USA Today. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "Our Philosophy". Raising Cane's. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  4. ^ Chung, Heidi (April 30, 2020). "Raising Cane's CEO: We're not going to hurry back and reopen stores". Yahoo! Finance. Retrieved July 11, 2020.
  5. ^ Kern, Sydney (20 March 2018). "Big paws to fill: training begins for Raising Cane III". WBRZ. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  6. ^ Blake, David (February 9, 2018). "Raising Cane's goes international". WWL News. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  7. ^ "First overseas Raising Cane's adapts to the Middle East". 225 Magazine. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2020.