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.”