Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers this morning set an opening date for its second Dayton-area location at 4384 Indian Ripple Road across from The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, and the chain is now eyeing Kettering for its third Dayton-area restaurant.
The new restaurant will open Oct. 30 adjacent to the Waffle House on Indian Ripple Road, directly across from the entrance to The Greene Town Center, according to a Raising Cane’s Ohio release.
The restaurant chain’s Ohio franchisee is seeking to hire a crew of 80 for multiple positions. Interviews will be scheduled through Oct. 16 at the Kettering Recreation Complex at 2900 Glengarry Drive in Kettering. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at caniaccareers.com.
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Meanwhile, Kettering city officials confirmed this morning, Sept. 21, that they have received an application for rezoning for a potential new Raising Cane’s restaurant near the Stroop Road and Far Hills Avenue intersection. The site would include the former OinkADoodleMoo restaurant at 3910 Far Hills Avenue (the space previously housed a Chipotle restaurant and, decades earlier, the Kettering Village Inn) and some surrounding properties. A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled before the Kettering Planning Commission on Oct. 1.
Raising Cane’s Ohio officials declined comment on specifics regarding the Kettering plans.
“Raising Cane’s is continuously evaluating opportunities to grow restaurants all over the world, and especially in Ohio,” Michael Williams, marketing advisor for Raising Cane’s Ohio, said in an email. “Many factors go into our decisions, and ever-changing market conditions can affect planned locations and launch dates. We will make a public announcement if and when an official expansion decision has been made.”
When the new restaurant across from The Greene opens, it will be 28th in Ohio. There are more than 403 Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers nationwide.
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The first Dayton-area Raising Cane’s location opened last summer at 1136 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp.
The Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based chain operates multiple restaurants in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and opened a restaurant in Fairfield in October 2016.
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.