Chicken finger restaurant chain Raising Cane plans second Wisconsin location

Louisiana-based Raising Cane’s plans to build its second Wisconsin location at the Highway 50 site in Kenosha. (Rendered courtesy of Raising Cane’s and ADA Architects)

A Louisiana-based, cult-following chicken finger chain is planning its second location in Wisconsin.

Raise the cane recently asked the City of Kenosha to open a 3,331 square foot restaurant and drive-thru at 6303 75th St., where a 7,025 square foot office building now stands.

The company would raze the building, using the 1.47 acre site to build a new restaurant that would also include outdoor seating. The remaining 0.74 acres of land would be used for a 2,441 square foot Taco John’s location, according to city documents.

Known for its five-course menu featuring chicken tenderloins, coleslaw, crinkle-cut fries, Texas toast and cane sauce, Raising Cane’s has more than a dozen locations in the area. of Chicago, as well as dozens more nationwide. Its only extant location in Wisconsin is on State Street near the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This proposed location in Kenosha would be about a mile from I-94 along Highway 50, near a handful of other restaurants, including Domino’s Pizza, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Wing Stop, and Arby’s.

The applicant requests to operate the restaurant between 9 am and 3:30 am (next day) on Fridays and Saturdays, and between 9:30 am and 1:30 am (next day) Sunday to Thursday.

Between 45 and 50 employees would work at the restaurant.

“Our extended hours of operation help us be a viable food option for customers working second and third night and early morning shifts, such as hospital staff, first responders, police and others,” the company says. in a written proposal, adding that she will use technology, operational protocols and security personnel to “keep everyone safe.”

Like Chik-fil-A and Portillo’s, the company also plans for employees equipped with tablets to take orders from customers waiting in drive-thru lanes during peak periods.

The Kenosha City Plan Commission last week approved the conditional use permit for Raising Cane and will hold a final hearing on its application on October 6.

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