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Raising Cane’s named after a Labrador
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Cane, the original Labrador Raising Cane’s was named after.

Raising Cane’ Chicken Fingers isn’t Chick-fil-A.

Besides the fact Raising Cane’s essentially serves just chicken fingers including in their sandwich combo they don’t keep the same hours. Chick-fil-A opens at 8 a.m. and Raising Cane’s opens at 10 a.m. But when it comes to closing, Chick-fil-A rolls up the sidewalks at 10 p.m. while Raising Cane’s — depending upon the market — stays open until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m.

And if you get a hankering for chicken on a Sunday Raising Cane’s is open and Chick-fil-A is not.

Chick-fil-A is named after what you are eating. Raising Cane’s is named  after founder Todd Grave’s original dog, a  yellow Labrador whose larger-than-life image will adorn at least one exterior wall of the Manteca location that will be built on East Yosemite Avenue between the bowling alley and The Habit Burger where the city’s original McDonald’s once stood.

That’s just some of the differences between the two fast food places

If all goes well, Raising Cane’s 3,247-square-foot building with a drive-thru lane and a covered 1,194-square-foot outdoor dining patio will be up and running later this year.

Company representatives noted at Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting that they have one of the fastest order turn arounds in the business for drive-thru customers with orders finished within 2½ minutes of an order being placed.

Given their limited menu it is easy to see how they do it. Excluding drinks, Raising Cane’s features 14 menu options including extras. Chick-fil-A sans drinks offers 39 items. You can get chicken 10 different ways at Chick-fil-A and only one way at Raising Cane’s. Chick-fil-A offers seven dipping sauces and Raising Cane’s just one. The most unique item(s) for a fast food restaurant on the Chick-fil-A menu might just be the side options of chicken noodle soup or kale crunch while for Raising Cane’s it’s the option of either organic milk or organic apple juice that comes with the Kid’s Combo.

Raising Cane’s will be built with a 17-car queue for the drive thru window. They do what the Manteca In-and-Out Burger as well as Dutch Bro. Coffee that is being built on West Yosemite next door to Cabral Motors employs during peak periods. They have extra personnel serving as remote order takers working the line of cars to make sure the “fast” is emphasized in fast food.

Raising Cane’s intends to employ 6 to 8 workers on an average shift with three managers earning six figures each.
 Manteca will be Raising Cane’s first foray into Northern California. The closest locations are in Reno and south of the Tehachapi Mountains in Southern California.

Several planning commission members wondered out loud whether Raising Cane’s would hold its own being so close to three other chicken options in close proximity along East Yosemite Avenue — KFC two doors down,  Chick-fil-A about a block away and El Pollo Loco  within three blocks. That doesn’t count Popeyes Chicken further to the west on West Yosemite Avenue.

The company representative said there are cities where Chick-fil-A and Raising Cane’s are at the same intersection or are across the street from each with each performing well.

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