Chicken finger fans in Temple will soon have their fix.
The Louisiana-based Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is set to open Tuesday at 2304 S. 31st St., across from Baylor Scott & White Memorial Hospital.
Grand opening festivities will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held by the Temple Chamber of Commerce. Doors will open to the public at 10 a.m.
The first 20 paying dine-in customers age 13 and older will receive free food for a year.
In addition, the first 100 customers will receive a free, limited-edition Raising Cane’s Temple T-shirt and a voucher for a free meal.
The chain was founded by Todd Graves in 1996 and named after his yellow Labrador. The Temple restaurant will be the company’s 100th in the state and the 297th nationwide.
“All of us are excited to continue our expansion deep in the heart of Texas, and my crew and I are especially honored to open the first Raising Cane’s in Temple and the 100th in Texas,” General Manager Albert Hinojos said in a release. “The local Caniacs have been clamoring for a Cane’s to call their own, and next Tuesday, they’ll get it.”
Hinojos said the company strives to be active in the community. He and a team of employees volunteered Wednesday at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Temple.
“We were proud to pitch in at RMHC for our pre-opening project, supporting the important work they do for families with seriously ill children in Temple,” Hinojos said. “And we’re excited about getting even more involved with the local schools and other organizations throughout the area in the weeks, months and years ahead.”
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Temple High School cheerleaders will be on site during the grand opening.
Raising Cane’s will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
Raising Cane’s is one of many restaurant chains to come to Temple in the past year, and several others — including Rosa’s Café, Jersey Mike’s Subs and a second Freddy’s Frozen Custard location — also are planned as part of the South 31st Street development.
Mikie Cummings, Chamber of Commerce director of membership services, believes there will be many more to come to Temple.
“I think this place is on fire,” Cummings said. “There’s so many more (restaurants) coming, and some of the ones that are here are even going to open second locations in the future.