Raising Cane’s

‘So much love’: Chicken chain draws a crowd for opening ceremony

Raising Cane’s welcomes customers in Highlands Ranch, with three more on way in south metro area


Dax Littleton first tried Raising Cane’s chicken fingers at a location in Arizona. The 16-year-old liked the restaurant so much that he convinced two of his friends to camp outside the new Highlands Ranch location for nearly 24 hours in hopes of getting free food for a year.

And they did.

“It’s totally worth it,” said Littleton, sitting in a fold-up chair behind his car, eating crispy chicken fingers and golden fries at 10 a.m. “We will be coming here a lot.”

Littleton and his friends were among dozens of people at the July 6 grand opening of Raising Cane’s, located at 1108 Corporal Max Donahue Lane, nestled between Bank of America and Carlos Miguel’s Mexican Bar & Grill. Many camped overnight and waited in line for a taste of the restaurant’s southern-style chicken fingers, Cane’s sauce and Texas toast.

“This place is good,” said Preston Smith, who traveled that morning from downtown Denver. “It’s a different kind of chicken.”

Founded in Louisiana in 1996 by Todd Graves and named after his yellow Labrador, Raising Cane’s has more than 325 restaurants in 23 states. Highlands Ranch marks Colorado’s second location — the first opened in Fort Collins — with others coming to Parker this August and Castle Rock and Centennial this fall.

Of the Highlands Ranch restaurant, Raising Cane’s area director Clint Owens said:

“I’ve never in my life had so much buzz, so much love and appreciation from a community.”


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