Louisiana-Based Fried Chicken Chain Raising Cane's Opens South Bay Location

December 5, 2023

The seventh San Diego location of chicken tender restaurant chain Raising Cane's has opened in the South Bay city of Imperial Beach. 

Founded by Todd Graves in Baton Rouge, LA in 1996 and named after his yellow Labrador, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers is a fast-food chain that now has more than 700 restaurants in 24 states, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with multiple new restaurants under construction. Known for its chicken finger meals, the rapidly growing company earned the distinction of being among the Top 3 quick service restaurant chains in the nation for 2017, based on food quality, customer service, cleanliness and other factors. 

The first San Diego outpost of Raising Cane's opened in Santee in 2018 with the second area branch opened in Vista later that year, the third unveiling in September 2020 in Mira Mesa, and the fourth launched in fall 2021 in Escondido. A fifth San Diego branch opened earlier this year at 555 Broadway within Chula Vista Center outdoor shopping mall and the sixth launched in El Cajon this past summer. Another area location is currently in negotiations to open at 12665 Poway Road in Poway. 

The seventh San Diego branch of Raising Canes's opens today in the former site of a Union Bank on Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach. Like other locations, the restaurant offers a concise menu centered around fresh-never-frozen, hand-dipped chicken fingers that are breaded and fried to order and available in combo platters and on sandwiches. The new location has both indoor walk-up and drive-thru options. Raising Cane's has plans to open up to 30 locations in the San Diego area over the next decade. 

During the grand opening, the restaurant will offer a "Lucky 20" drawing to give 20 customers free food for a year. Mrs. Claus will also be present handing out candy canes, coffee and hot chocolate. 

Raising Cane's is now open at 900 Palm Avenue in San Diego's South County city of Imperial Beach. For more information, visit raisingcanes.com