Chicken chain Raising Cane’s has renovated one location, announced a new location and is expanding in the region

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The Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers that opened Oct. 19, 2016, at 5120 Dixie Highway in Fairfield is Butler County's second location of the restaurant franchise

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Raising Cane’s continues to expand its empire with new locations in the region and upgrades to operations at existing locations.

The chain serves “always fresh, never-ever frozen” chicken fingers, which are marinated for 24 hours, then hand battered and cooked to order, along with crinkle-cut fries, cole slaw, Texas Toast and Cane’s Sauce.

Here are five things to know about Columbus-based Raising Cane’s Ohio efforts:

When new restaurants open in popular places, what happens next?

1. New location to open in Warren County

A new Raising Cane’s is set to open at 10:30 a.m. March 20 at 3901 Montgomery Road in Deerfield Twp. The first customer will win a free meal, a “First 100” T-shirt, gift basket, Cane’s for a Year, Plush Puppy and a Raising Cane’s T-Shirt and hat.

A customer appreciation breakfast runs from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and includes swag and gift card giveaways and a prize wheel. Customers can enter to be one of 20 “Caniacs” that win Cane’s for a year from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the grand opening. Drawing of the winners will be done starting around 9:35 a.m. Winners will be receiving their Cane’s cards after the grand opening and will be a part of the opening day ceremony that features much more including random drawings for gift baskets and Raising Cane’s swag.

The first 100 to purchase a Combo receive a free “First 100” T-Shirt and a free Box Combo card for their next visit while supplies last.

2. ‘Refresh’ complete at West Chester location

The West Chester location of Raising Cane’s at 7721 Tylersville Road shut down Feb. 19-22 for four days of back-of-the-house renovations aimed at making operations at the restaurant more efficient for crew members and managers.

The upgrades include not only new equipment in the kitchen, but also new flooring and ceiling grids.

“We like to keep our restaurant ‘refreshed,’ as we call it … which leads to giving great service to our customers,” said Andria Morgan, marketing advisor Raising Cane’s Ohio.

3. More Raising Cane’s on the way

When the Deerfield Twp. location opens, Raising Cane’s Ohio will have 10 Greater Cincinnati locations.

“Cincinnati is extremely welcoming to our brand and we are always looking for additional properties there,” Morgan said.

The chain, which also has a Centerville location, plans to eventually expand to Cleveland, Toledo and other metropolitan areas, Raising Cane’s officials previously said.

4. The chain’s Butler County locations replaced a restaurant and a strip plaza

Raising Cane’s West Chester location, which opened in 2015, was the first Cincinnati-area location. Raising Cane’s Ohio made a $1 million deal in 2013 for the former Five Guys Burgers and Fries to close its doors there and give up the site, a move that paved the way for a Raising Cane’s revamp.

The Fairfield location of Raising Cane’s that opened in 2016 replaced a dated strip plaza at Ohio 4 and Stadium Drive that once housed the Armed Forces Career Center.

5. Each Raising Cane’s location creates several dozen jobs 

Formed in 1996, Louisiana-based Raising Cane’s creates anywhere between 60 and 75 new jobs in a community at every grand opening along with as many as five members of a management team, according to the company.

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