Raisin Canes to open in East Lansing

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A look at the shirt of Raisin Canes superfan Mitchell McSweeney's shirt/ Photo Credit: Nathan Stearns

LANSING, Mich—The first Raisin Canes in Michigan is coming to East Lansing.

The announcement, which came in early February, has excited many students. The new location of the Raisin Canes is expected to be on the corner of M.A.C. Avenue and East Grand River.

“One day I woke up to 20 text messages saying that a Canes was coming to Michigan,” Mitch McSweeney, a Raisin Canes superfan, said. “I was so excited.”

Approximately 110 jobs will be created when Raisin Canes opens up before the fall semester if all goes according to plan.

“If they’re open late, I’m sure MSU students would love to take advantage of Raisin Canes chicken after going out to the bars,” Ella Signs, an East Lansing community specialist, said.

Raisin Canes is most known for its chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, Texas toast, lemonade and coleslaw. It was founded in 1996 by Todd Graves in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has over 600 locations across 32 states and the Middle East, including several on college campuses including Purdue, LSU, Clemson and Cincinnati.

A restaurant spokesperson said that it is looking at Grand Rapids and Novi as possible future store location areas within the next couple of years.

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