LEVITTOWN, PA – A new chicken fingers drive-thru restaurant will open on Commerce Boulevard by spring 2022, supervisors for the Township of Falls said Monday.
A 3,329 square foot Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers will replace the shuttered Macaroni Grill on the boulevard. The restaurant chain will employ “more” than 50 workers, according to Mike Meginniss, an attorney for the developer.
The Township of Falls Supervisory Board granted preliminary and final land use planning approval at Monday night’s hybrid meeting for the demolition of the 7,582 square foot Macaroni Grill and construction of the brand new chicken restaurant tender. The new restaurant will feature indoor seating as well as a 541 square foot patio awning and two drive-thru lanes.
The Falls Township location will be one of the newest in the Louisiana-based chicken chain, which operates more than 500 Raising Cane locations across the country.
“They are proud to be a local business, to get involved in the local community,” Meginniss said, adding that the company has established a COVID relief fund to help struggling employees during the pandemic and did dismissed no worker.
Supervisors were excited to open a new restaurant on the Boulevard, next to an existing Outback Steakhouse. The old Macaroni Grill has been closed since March 2020.
“I’m happy to have another restaurant there,” said supervisor John Palmer. “The site is perfectly suited to this type of establishment.
Although Raising Cane’s is a fast food restaurant with essentially one item on its menu – chicken fillets – Meginniss said the company goes out of its way to provide a “very aesthetic” outdoor dining option.
Based on a traffic analysis and benchmarking data from a similar Raising Cane, the fast food chain has no more than 22 cars in the drive-thru queue, even during its busiest hours. charged for the day, according to a press release. The drive-thru at the Falls Township location would be able to process more than 30 vehicles at a time in its two drive-thru lanes.
Since Raising Cane’s only offers chicken fillets other than their sides and drink menus, Meginniss said food preparation is even faster than other fast food restaurants. He explained that on average, it takes a customer two and a half minutes to place an order and collect their food.
“We are all happy to see this building fill up,” said Jeff Boraski, vice chairman of the board. “It’s a really cool place.”
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