How do chicken fingers taste? Well, Modesto is about to find out.
Popular national fried chicken chain Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers plans to open its first restaurant in the city. The fast food business is set to move into the former Pier 1 location in northeast Modesto.
Raising Cane’s has garnered a cult following for its fried chicken fingers, signature sauces and Texas toast. Fans of the restaurant are called “Caniacsand the company’s motto touts its “ONE LOVE” fried chicken dishes. The chain has continued to grow during the pandemic and now has over 550 locations across the country.
A Raising Cane spokesperson has confirmed the chain is coming to the city.
“Raising Cane’s is thrilled to bring its ONE LOVE – premium chicken fingers – to Modesto. We are aiming to open the restaurant in the first quarter of 2023. As we get closer to the opening date, we will share more details as we look forward to serving Caniacs in the area,” reads a written statement from the company. .
Plans submitted to the city show the company intends to demolish the existing building, which housed Pier 1 until the national homewares seller went bankrupt and announced it planned to close all of its sites in May 2020. Since then, the brand’s stores on Pelandale Avenue in Modesto, Countryside Drive in Turlock and Commerce Avenue in Manteca have all closed.
This Pelandale Avenue location for the new Raising Cane’s is in the North Pointe Mall which includes the Cost Plus World Market. But in recent years, this strip has seen the closure of a number of businesses in addition to Pier 1, including Catherines womenswear and framing company Aaron Brothers.
The large North Pointe center on the north side of Pelandale also includes Costco, Lowe’s and a Save Mart supermarket.
According to plans submitted to the city, the new Raising Cane’s will be 3,172 square feet in size and will include drive-thru and an outdoor patio. The dining room of the restaurant will accommodate 58 people.
While the old Pier 1 building appears connected to its central North Pointe neighbors, the space was actually detached and has a small driveway that passes between the buildings. Plans show a drive-thru will meander along the Pelandale and Chapman Avenue sides of the new building, returning counterclockwise into the parking lot.
This is Raising Cane’s second announced restaurant in Stanislaus County. In October last year plans were approved to convert the empty Kmart building on Hatch Road in Ceres into a new Public Storage self-storage facility. The development deal included new restaurants that will front the property along Hatch, including Raising Cane’s and Dutch Bros Coffee.
The company’s spokesperson confirmed at the time that the Ceres Raising Cane’s deal was in the early planning stages and that “if all goes to plan, Cane’s will open in 2023”.
Founded in 1996 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Raising Cane’s is known for its fried chicken fingers (made with breaded chicken breast fillets) and its intentionally simple menu. The company only sells four styles of chicken finger meals (in three, four and six fingers or on a sandwich bun) and one children’s meal. Chain sides include Texas toast, coleslaw, and ply-cut fries.
The company has operations in 29 states and the Middle East. The closest existing locations to Raising Cane are in Manteca, Fresno, and Clovis.
And Modesto’s fried chicken adventures may just be getting started. Unconfirmed word is that another popular chicken chain also has its sights set on town, not far from the new Raising Cane site. Stay tuned for more chuckles, I mean news, on this development – hopefully soon.