Raising Cane’s will take over Minneapolis Arby’s, which was destroyed by fire

A Raising Cane’s is set to take over the site that was formerly occupied by an Arby’s in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Construction is underway on the site at 3000 Snelling Avenue S., directly across from the now empty Minneapolis Police Department 3rd District. Signs on the surrounding fences on the property indicate that the chicken fingers of a raising cane are coming, but no estimated opening date is given.

The Arby’s that were located at this location were destroyed by fire in May 2020 during the riots following the murder of George Floyd. Inspire Brands, which owns Arby’s, has owned the property since 1997.

Interestingly, the Raising Cane’s on Snelling Avenue are slated to have one, even though the city of Minneapolis bans new drive-thrus. As Development Tracker explains, this is possible because the Arby’s already had a drive-through.

A number of businesses that were destroyed or damaged by rioters last spring have reopened, including nearby Target, Cub Foods and Aldi.

A flood of raising canes openings is yet to come

The Louisiana-based chicken chain first arrived in Minnesota in 2007, but has expanded rapidly in recent years.

In a press release Thursday morning, Raising Cane’s said the Minneapolis Snelling Restaurant was one of five Raising Cane’s scheduled to open in Minnesota between September and November this year. The others are:

  • 5625 96th Ave. N. in Brooklyn Park
  • 2635 W. Division St. in St. Cloud (which Bring Me The News wrote about)
  • 2420 Fairview Ave. N. in Roseville
  • 3065 White Bear Ave. in Maplewood

Once these are open, there are 15 raising canes in the area. Another is currently under development for Burnsville, though a city official said it might not open until early 2022.

Raising Cane has announced that it will hire 500 crew members for the planned locations in the coming weeks.

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