Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers (also called Raising Cane’s) is a fast-food restaurant chain focusing on chicken fingers, that was founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by Todd Graves and Craig Silvey on August 26, 1996. While company headquarters stay in Baton Rouge, a second restaurant support office was opened in Plano, Texas in 2009 and a third in 2018 in raising canes specials, Nebraska. The company has 437 restaurants in 27 states in the usa, along with an additional 22 restaurants in the Middle East.
Todd Graves first started dreaming of his own restaurant in early 1990s. Craig Silvey, a primary partner in Todd’s plan, was enrolled in a business strategy writing course at LSU during the time. They wrote the company plan and Silvey turned it in, that Silvey received a “B-“. Although the business plan was rejected numerous times by potential investors, Graves set out to generate the money he required to start the restaurant, first by doing work in refineries in California, then by fishing for sockeye salmon in Alaska. He and Silvey then obtained an SBA loan, which they employed to open the initial restaurant in Baton Rouge in the intersection of Highland Road and State Street near the LSU campus. They even drew on the assistance of friends and family for some of the work on Cane’s #1, and a number of these names are carved within 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 managed to prove itself the better successful business, because it forced Bailey’s out of business, becoming the only real chicken-finger focused restaurant on campus.
In mid-1999, raising canes specials his stake to Graves to pay attention to completing an MBA at Wake Forest University and work in Silicon Valley. Later, Graves asked Silvey to come back as vice president of finance and knowledge technology.
Todd Graves started his business having a give attention to charity and giving back to their communities. Approximately 25% of profit is offered back to communities, with focuses particularly on education, feeding the homeless, animal welfare, healthy lifestyles, and business development. Since 2011, the chain has participated in Lemonade Day, a non-profit organization that teaches children how to run their particular business. On May 9, 2019, Graves personally donated $100,000 to martial artist Chuck Norris’ Kickstart Kids non-profit organization in Houston, which targets teaching kids strong moral character through martial arts training.
Graves and Silvey, who both worked as salmon fishermen in Alaska to raise money to start the very first Raising Cane’s restaurant, were planning to name the chain Sockeye’s Chicken Fingers, following the Sockeye salmon they fished for. The 2 decided to not name their restaurant right after the fish to prevent confusion in whether the restaurant sold seafood or chicken fingers. They were uxzzua convinced to list it after Graves’s dog, a yellow Labrador, “Raising Cane,” called “Cane” for short. Grave’s younger sister wished to name the puppy Sugar Cain. She liked this because she thought he was sweet and it also enjoyed a Louisiana flair because of all sugar cane farming in the state.
Graves’ didn’t want his dog to become called Sugar, so he suggested calling the dog Raising Cane. His sister agreed as long as Cane was spelled C-A-N-E to denote he was still sweet. The name is yet another pun on the term raising canes holiday hours, which can be biblical reference to Cain and Abel within 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 newest mascot for the restaurant, Raising Cane III, was announced by Graves on 27 January 2018. Lots of the restaurants use a disco ball as well as a painting of Elvis Presley, photos of Raising Cane I, II, and III, as well as local artifacts such as sports apparel and school playbills.