Caniacs in Huntsville now have a Raising Cane’s to call their own.

The Louisiana-based chain known for its "ONE LOVE" — quality chicken finger meals — today opens its 20th restaurant in the greater Houston area, already one of the largest markets in its nationwide system.

Huntsville’s first Raising Cane’s, located at 277 I-45 South, opens to the public at 10 a.m. today. First-time visitors will be treated to traditional cheers and other high-energy chants to launch the location in unique Cane’s fashion, compliments of 50 to 60 newly hired crewmembers.

To add to the opening-day excitement, the first 10 paying, dine-in customers ages 13 and older will receive free Cane’s for a year! In addition, the first 100 paying, dine-in customers ages 13 and older will receive a free Cane’s Huntsville T-shirt, along with a voucher for a free Box Combo, containing four fresh chicken fingers, Texas toast, secret recipe Cane’s sauce, coleslaw, crinkle-cut fries and a drink that may be redeemed on a subsequent visit.

“All of us here are really excited to finally bring Huntsville Caniacs their very own Raising Cane’s,” general manager Craig Leblanc said in a press release. “This is a such a great town, and it certainly deserves to have the very best chicken finger meals on the planet.”

Leblanc and his crewmembers began their local community outreach by participating in Huntsville’s Fair on the Square last weekend. Last Friday, employees volunteered at the Rita B. Huff Humane Society, which is dedicated to preserving the lives and well-being of animals through adoption, rescue, spaying and neutering, and education. The Raising Cane’s crew pitched in with cleaning and other dog-related service needs.

“Pet welfare is near and dear to all our hearts, and it’s one of the five focus areas for community support embraced by Raising Cane’s,” said Leblanc. “We were honored to help out at the humane society, and we’re also looking forward to supporting the schools and other nonprofits that make Huntsville such a great place live, work, eat and play.”

Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 and named for his yellow Labrador, Raising Cane, the rapidly growing chain recently earned the distinction of being among the top four quick service restaurant chains in the nation for 2014, according to the authoritative Sandelman & Associates Quick-Track study, based on food quality, customer service, cleanliness and other important factors.

The newest grand opening marks the 78th Raising Cane’s in Texas and the 235th systemwide. Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight.

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