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Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers is a chain of fast-food restaurants founded by Todd Graves and Craig Silvey in August 26, 1996. Graves, having previously worked as a salmon fisherman in Alaska, was going to name the chain Sockeyes Chicken Fingers, after the Sockeye Salmon. He was later convinced to name it after his dog Raising Cane. The restaurant chain offers fried chicken fingers as its only main course.
Prior to founding the chain, Graves and Silvey received many objections from those assessing their business plan, including financiers and business school academics. After many unsuccessful applications for finance, they obtained a loan which he used to open the first outlet at the entrance to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
In mid 1999, Silvey sold his stake to Graves to focus on completing an MBA at Wake Forest University and work in Silicon Valley. Later, Graves asked Silvey to return to Cane's as director of finance and vice president of information technology.
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