Is Raising Canes Chicken Fingers coming to The Greene?
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers may be re-thinking its plans to build a restaurant near the Mall at Fairfield Commons and instead locate its second Dayton-area location in the shadow of The Greene Town Center.
According to documents filed with the city of Beavercreek’s planning commission, a new Raising Cane’s is in the works adjacent to the Waffle House on Indian Ripple Road, directly across from The Greene’s main entrance.
A public hearing will be held on March 7 on an application to modify a 1.17-acre tract of land on the north side of Indian Ripple Road and west of the existing Waffle House restaurant “to allow for the construction of a restaurant known as Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers,” according to Beavercreek city records.
While it’s a necessary first step, the application is no guarantee that all other aspects of the project will fall into place and a restaurant will be built on time and on schedule — as Raising Cane’s Dayton-area franchisee, RCO Limited, knows all too well. RCO Limited had wanted to build its first Dayton-area Raising Cane’s restaurant on a vacant tract on Kemp Road just east of North Fairfield Road in north Beavercreek, and submitted plans for the restaurant to the city of Beavercreek in late 2016.
Those preliminary plans were approved by Beavercreek City Council, but stalled after encountering complications over the sale of the property necessary to make the project work. There has been no indication whether the project will move ahead, and if so, when. RCO Limited went on to open its first Dayton-area location in late June 2017 on Ohio 725 in Washington Twp.
A message left Thursday night seeking comment from Andria Morgan, spokeswoman for Raising Cane’s local franchisee RCO Limited, on the Indian Ripple Road project had not been returned by this morning, Friday Feb. 23.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers operates multiple restaurants in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and opened a restaurant in Fairfield in October 2016.
Morgan has said RCO Limited has found a very loyal customer base as it has opened stores in Ohio. In 2004, the franchisee opened the first Raising Cane’s outside of Louisiana when it launched its first Ohio location in Columbus.
The chain prides itself on a limited menu and a simple concept, focused on chicken fingers, made “fresh, never frozen,” marinated for 24 hours, then hand-battered and cooked to order. Also featured on the menu are crinkle-cut fries, cole slaw, Texas Toast and sauces that are made in-house every day.
The chicken-restaurant market is becoming intensely competitive in the Dayton area, which has added more than a dozen new restaurants from national chains, regional start-ups and local, independent operators in the last three years.