Louisiana-based Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers plans to open five restaurants in Tarrant County.
Construction has begun on a restaurant in Hurst, at Precinct Line Road and Grapevine Highway, that is scheduled to open around Labor Day. And a store on South Hulen Street near Oakmont Boulevard in southwest Fort Worth should open in October, said Brad Sanders, chief business officer.
In Arlington, Raising Cane's will tear down a long-vacant Don Pablo's along South Cooper Street near Arbrook Boulevard and build a 2,700-square-foot restaurant, Sanders said. Construction is expected to begin by month's end. The other restaurants are planned for the east side of University Drive near Rosedale Street in Fort Worth and an undisclosed site in Euless. Raising Cane's, founded in 1996 near Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, features fried chicken fingers that are marinated for 24 hours and cooked when ordered, French fries, coleslaw, Texas toast and Cane's sauce.
"We do one thing and do it really well," Sanders said. "That's our competitive advantage." Raising Cane's already has five North Texas locations -- four in Dallas County and one in Collin County -- among 14 in Texas. The company plans to add 13 Texas restaurants this year, including the five in Tarrant County, three in Collin County and two in Denton County, Sanders said.
Its restaurants are 2,700 to 3,700 square feet and seat 60 to 90 diners. They also have drive-through service. Each store employs about 50 full- and part-time employees, Sanders said.
Raising Cane's opened its 100th store, in Mississippi, in June. It operates in 15 states.
Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727