Raising Cane’s Chicken was founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1996 by current CEO Todd Graves and friend Craig Silvey. The company operates a chain of fast food restaurants which feature chicken “fingers”. Although the pair had a business plan, they failed to find any investors, so they began working as salmon fishermen in Alaska to raise capital. The name of the company is from a dog that Grave’s once owned named Raising Cane, or Cane, for short.
Today, the company has more than 300 locations across the US and $97.3 million in revenue in 2007. The restaurants offer mostly chicken fingers with a wide variety of sauces, and chicken sandwiches. Some of the sauces are made only by management, who sign a confidentiality agreement that they will never reveal the recipe for Cane’s sauces.
Raising Cane’s Chicken is known for it’s “Give Back” program, whereby at least 25 percent of all profits are put back into the local community projects, such as food banks and animal rescue groups.