Raising Cane’s founder hopes to open hundreds of New York locations

Raising Cane's NYC Time Square

We reported this spring that Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers plans to open three Long Island locations by 2025.

Well, get ready for more.

Raising Cane’s founder and CEO Todd Graves says the company is looking to open “hundreds” of locations across New York State, especially in the Tri-State area.

“It’s the largest DMA [Designated Market Area] in the country, right?” Graves said. “In my hometown of Baton Rouge, which is tiny, I’ve got 22 Raising Cane’s, right?

“So hundreds would be the goal … but we’ll see.”

Graves spoke to Greater Long Island during the opening of what the company, based in Baton Rouge, La., now calls its flagship location in the heart of Times Square.

The grand opening was June 27.

Here are the planned Long Island locations:

  • Hauppauge at Route 111 and Smithtown Bypass
  • Commack at Commack Road and Vanderbilt Pkwy
  • East Meadow at Hempstead Turnpike and Newbridge Road

Founded by Graves in 1996 at Louisiana State University, Raising Cane’s — known for its chicken finger meals, Texas toast and secret Cane’s sauce — has ballooned to well over 600 spots across the U.S., according to its website.

Additional reporting by Nick Esposito

Top: The new Raising Cane’s flagship location at 1501 Broadway. (Nick Esposito)

Todd Graves, Raising Cane’s founder, speaks with media members in NYC in June. (Nick Esposito)

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