Chicken finger enthusiasts have reason to rejoice as Raising Cane’s has received approval to open a restaurant in Falls Township.
It’s expected to open in Spring 2022 on Commerce Boulevard. The new location will replace the closed Macaroni Grill next to the Outback Steakhouse.
The fast-food chain first opened in Louisiana in 1996. While it has locations across the continental United States, there are currently no open Raising Cane’s restaurants in most Mid-Atlantic states, including Pennsylvania.
“Raising Cane’s is a little bit different than some other quick service restaurants,” said Meginniss. “They have one item. They are a chicken tender restaurant.”
At the drive-thru customers will have some options. They can choose sides, drinks, and the number of chicken tenders they want.
But the main dish is always chicken fingers. Even their sandwich is just three chicken fingers between two buns.
Meginniss told the board this results in a more straightforward and faster drive-thru experience. On average, it takes a little over two minutes for a customer to pick up their food after placing an order.
The board voted in favor of allowing Raising Cane’s to demolish the old 7,582-square-foot Macaroni Grill building. It’s new restaurant will be less than half the size at 3,329 square feet.
Meginniss told the supervisors it’s “one of, if not the very first site Raising Cane’s is seeking to open in the state of Pennsylvania.”
Additionally, Meginniss said the location will support more than 50 employees. The chain did not furlough or lay off any of its 23,000 employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For customers who want a sit-down experience, there will be indoor seating and a 541-square-foot outdoor patio with canopy.
Raising Cane’s will have two drive-thru lanes. While the eatery expects 22 vehicles in line even at peak hours, it will be capable of handling 30 cars at once.