Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers opens in Westport

A look at Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers in Westport

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers has opened in Westport at 4040 Mill St.
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Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers has opened in Westport at 4040 Mill St.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, one of the so-called “better chicken” chains, opened Tuesday in Westport.

The company specializes in chicken fingers made from premium chicken that has never been frozen, as well as its secret-recipe Cane’s sauce, crinkle-cut fries, coleslaw, Texas toast, freshly brewed sweet tea and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

It demolished the former Boston Market/Verizon building at 4040 Mill St. for the new restaurant, which seats 98 inside and 16 outside. It also has a drive-through.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The location has about 95 employees.

The Baton Rouge, La.,-based company now has 268 locations in 21 states. It recently opened locations in Lawrence and Blue Springs, and a location at 135th and Riley in Overland Park is scheduled to open later this year. It also is looking at such areas as Belton and the Northland.

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Todd Graves founded the chain in 1996 and named it after his beloved yellow Labrador retriever.

Along with Raising Cane’s, several other new premium chicken chains have recently entered the market — Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Slim Chickens, and Zaxby’s.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC