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Raising Cane’s planning to bring world-renowned chicken fingers to North Olmsted

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 2/10/2020 By John Benson, cleveland.com
a snow covered street: Raising Cane\u2019s will be opening in mid-to-late summer at 25821 Brookpark Road in North Olmsted. © John Benson/cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS Raising Cane\u2019s will be opening in mid-to-late summer at 25821 Brookpark Road in North Olmsted.

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio -- For the past two years the smell of chicken fingers around Northeast Ohio has been pervasive thanks to the opening of seven new Raising Cane’s locations.

Now it appears the eighth restaurant will be opening mid-to-late summer in North Olmsted. The proposed Great Northern Plaza location will be at 25821 Brookpark Road.

“This location has been on the radar for a year and a half to two years,” Raising Cane’s Marketing Director Matt Salts said. “We’re always looking at different spots, it’s just a matter of finding the right property that matches our customer counts, traffic and cost.

“Obviously North Olmsted is a great community. We’ve actually seen a lot of traffic from our openings that we had previously in Northeast Ohio, including Strongsville.”

The proposed 3,000-square-foot building, which can accommodate 100 customers inside and out, is on North Olmsted Building & Zoning Board of Appeals’ February agenda for new construction next to Jared jewelry store.

“Right now, we’re looking at construction starting in late March,” Salts said.

Louisiana-based Raising Cane’s, which is known for its One Love quality chicken finger meals, has more than 460 restaurants in 27 states, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia with multiple new restaurants under construction.

The popular franchise serves never-frozen chicken fingers, crinkle-cut fries, coleslaw, Cane’s sauce and Texas toast. The North Olmsted location plans on hiring up to 100 employees for multiple positions.

As for Raising Cane’s moving into Northeast Ohio, Salts said the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We’ve been extremely excited about the growth in Northeast Ohio,” Salts said. “We anticipate a trend of two to four restaurants annually for the next handful of years. It’ll be an active market.”

Someone who is excited about tasting Raising Cane’s is North Olmsted Mayor Kevin Kennedy.

“I’m excited for the new Raising Cane’s and the investment they’re making in North Olmsted,” Kennedy said. “I haven’t been to one, but there is a buzz around the area about the quality of their business. I’m sure my kids will want to be there for the grand opening.”

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