Raising Cane’s in Brooklyn Park Opening Soon Amid Labor Shortage
Near the corner of Highway 610 and Zane Avenue in Brooklyn Park, the new Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is nearing completion. The excitement for their chicken is real.
“I just love their chicken, and their sauce,” said Ibsa Sufiyn of Brooklyn Park.
“Oh my gosh, I love Raising Cane’s,” said Valerie Coopet of Maple Grove. “I will sneak out of my house, go buy the three-piece meal and sit in a parking lot and eat it and have the root beer. I absolutely love it. And the sauce.”
With those overwhelming endorsements, it’s no wonder that the buzz is building for Brooklyn Park’s newest chicken restaurant.
“Everybody in Brooklyn Park, get your wallets ready and go. That’s all I have to say,” Coopet said.
A company spokesperson says the Brooklyn Park location will officially open its doors on Jan. 18, 2022. (The date originally supposed to be Oct. 26, 2021, but the spokesperson wouldn’t confirm the reason for the delay). Either way, for many self-described “Caniacs,” opening day can’t come soon enough.
“I go to (the) Maple Grove one,” said Sufiyn. “So when I found out about this location I was very happy because it’s closer for me.”
At that aforementioned Maple Grove location, dozens of cars lined up during the Thursday lunch rush filled with people wanting to get their hands on those deep-fried fingers.
“It was 20 minutes and it’s well worth it, yes,” said one lady after she made her way through the line of cars.
Labor Shortage Impact
But even a restaurant that gets as much love as this one is not immune to the nationwide labor shortage affecting the restaurant sector.
Beginning this week, half of Raising Cane’s corporate team will enter restaurants across the country to assist locations that are short-staffed.
The company also announced last summer that it’s offering a number of educational benefits for employees, such as tuition reimbursement and tuition discounts at a number of different schools
There’s no word as to how the labor shortage, or the benefits packages, will impact the new Brooklyn Park location, but people are certainly ready for opening day.
“Yeah I’m gonna be there,” said Sufiyn. “I’m looking forward to that. I’m very excited.”