Raising Cane’s, the quick service chicken restaurant, officially opened their doors to customers.
While it was an exciting morning for many, it may have been even more so for the customers that lined up for hours, or in some cases a day, to win free Raising Cane’s chicken for a year.
“I am camping outside Raising Cane’s to try to get some free chicken for one year. I’ve never had it before, I like chicken tenders though, so it seems like my kind of place,” said Jon Hughes, the first customer to Raising Cane’s Naperville.
The first 20 paying customers received a card that allows them to get Raising Cane’s for free once a week for a year.
After hours of waiting, the long line of people were given a warm welcome, ordered their food, and finally tried a bite of the chicken.
And the City’s leaders were excited as well. The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Chirico welcomed the new restaurant, that’s originally from Louisiana, and is now the Chicagoland’s third Raising Cane’s.
“Congratulations, welcome to Naperville,” said Mayor Steve Chirico. “You’re going to do great, we’re proud to have you as our newest business in town, and you are now a member of one of the best chamber’s in the United States.”
And in an effort to give back to the community, Raising Cane’s partnered with the Naperville Jaycees.
“We actually do a training event the day before opening and we ask for donations so the Naperville community has provided part of the donation, the rest of it we were able to give them a $1000 donation so they can give back to Naperville even more,” said Anna Ball, the marketing advisor for Raising Cane’s.
Raising Cane’s is located on Route 59 just south of Aurora Avenue and is open seven days a week.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.