New business more than just a restaurant for nearby community


By the time the new Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers at 81560 S. Hampton Road was about to open for the very first time on Tuesday, Feb. 16, a long line was forming at the door and in the drive-through lane. For the community, however, the store is more than just another chicken restaurant.

For years, the lot was slated to feature a payday loan store – not the type of business the community wanted to see. That plan was halted through the efforts of Friendship-West Baptist Church, Carter High School and district officials.

“We’re aware that this is much more than just a restaurant opening,” said Tom Hayden, manager of Dallas ISD’s Volunteer and Partnership Services. “This is a win for the community.”

Carter Principal Fred Davis agreed. “Thanks to all who have made an effort to join this community,” he said. “A lot of people talk; not a lot of people do.” Raising Cane’s presented a $5,000 donation to the school.

The grand opening on Tuesday was punctuated in pep-rally style by members of the Carter High School band drum line, drill team and cheerleaders.

Luke Overman, Area Director for Raising Cane’s, said there are a even few Carter students on the night crew at the new store, which is the 254th for the company, the 88th in Texas and the 34th in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Each Raising Cane’s store carries a nickname; this one will be “The Bread Factory,” a play on its location near Wheatland Avenue.

“This Grand Opening ribbon-cutting ceremony in partnership with the Dallas ISD, Raising Cane’s and Carter High School represents a fabulous example of a formation of a community partnership,” Hayden said. “Raising Cane’s has a long proven history of giving back to the community from which they serve. Their generous support of David W. Carter High School is greatly appreciated.”




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