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Cane’s Able to Raise Big Crowd in NV Twp.

Fast-growing fried chicken chain opens second Pittsburgh area location

By T.J. Martin
The Tube City Almanac
December 08, 2023
Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

East Allegheny High School cheerleaders and members of the school’s athletic teams participated in the Raising Cane’s grand opening event. The chain made a $1,500 donation to the school district during Tuesday’s grand opening. (T.J. Martin photo for Tube City Almanac)

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers opened its doors in North Versailles Twp. on Tuesday with a crowd that included more than a dozen cheerleaders from the local school district to which the restaurant chain gave a gift of $1,500.

Area leader Justin Pesicek said the donation earmarked for the school’s athletic department was in keeping with the restaurant chain’s philosophy of giving back and community involvement.

Dave Loya, athletic director of East Allegheny School District, said the district brought a total of 22 people to participate in the grand opening event, including the cheerleaders, some senior-class athletes and the school’s Wildcat-costumed mascot.

At one point, the cheerleaders formed two lines facing each other, then, as Pesicek drew the names of 20 winners of free Cain’s for a Year, the winners were invited to run between those lines while the cheerleaders and others in the crowd of attendees cheered.

The store is the 759th of the chain which launched in Baton Rouge, La., in 1996, its eighth in Pennsylvania and second in the Pittsburgh area following a location in Oakland near the University of Pittsburgh. In 2024, a store will open in South Fayette Twp. in January and in Pleasant Hills in April, Pesicek said.

The stores have attracted intense public interest wherever they’ve opened, and a long line of cars waited to get into the parking lot on Tuesday.

Specializing in fried chicken finger meals, the store offers the option of dine-in or drive-thru service. The store has two drive-thru lanes and Pesicek said the traffic light timing at the corner of Route 30 and Warren Drive where the restaurant is located has already been adjusted to handle the increased traffic the restaurant is expected to generate.

Glenn Belko, the new location’s restaurant leader, said every Raising Cane’s location has a name and the new one is named “The Palace of North Versailles.”

The restaurant will be open from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

T.J. Martin is a freelance writer from Trafford whose work has also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Irwin Standard Observer.

Submitted photo courtesy East Allegheny Athletic Department

Originally published December 08, 2023.

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