MARLBOROUGH – With pomp and cheers worthy of a pregame rally, the newest Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers opened at 141 Boston Post Road West on Wednesday, May 17.
Although this is the third location to open in Massachusetts, this is the first in Metrowest.
As to why Raising Cane’s chose Marlborough over other locations, area leaders for the restaurant chain said it was more than just location.
“We wanted to be in the area that would be the most impactful,” said Marcus Carter, the area leader for restaurants. “We talked to local leaders … we want to build partnerships with local organizations.”
The leaders joined in pre-opening activities with crew members, which included several photos taken in front of the Cane’s logo and lots of cheering.
Anthony B. and Jakia Harper are members of a special team that helps with Cane’s openings across the country.
For Anthony B., who’s from Texas, it’s his ninth opening.
“It’s exciting,” he said.
“It’s more fun,” said Jakia Harper, who lives in Mississippi. “You’re meeting new people all the time.”
As the minutes ticked by, the first customers began to line up. That included James Klimowicz, who came from Leominster to check out the new Cane’s.
“I had the day off, and I never had Raising Cane’s before,” he said. “This is the perfect time.”
It was the perfect time for Klimowicz, as he was the first customer to enter the restaurant. He was given a “scream tunnel” welcome from Raising Cane’s crew members, as well as a gift basket to go with the combo box he ordered.
Just behind Klimowicz, Marlborough resident John LaGreca was there with his sister. They were also first-time customers, though LaGreca remembered the pet shop that formerly occupied the space.
“We go to all these things,” said LaGreca.
Along with Klimowicz and the LaGrecas, there were about two dozen who came through the doors that morning, including several local college students who usually go to the Raising Cane’s near Boston University.
Raising Cane’s is open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight.