Raising Cane's, a fast food brand from Louisiana opened its first Hawaiʻi location on the ground floor of the new Hale Mahana apartments on University and South King Street. It is the second food-establishment to open in the new apartments.
The first was Pieology, and next will be Starbucks.
"We wanted to be close to the University of Hawaiʻi, and we are," regional marketing manager Ali Urbick said. "We get to have a great partnership with the school, so that's the whole of being here, close, where we're at for our first opening here in Hawaiʻi."
Raising Cane's is known for its chicken fingers, crinkle cut fries, special sauce and buttered texas toast.
"I'm from Georgia so we have a lot of them," Jaxson Vadner, a UH Mānoa pre-med major said. "It feels like a piece of home."
"We're bringing home to Hawaiʻi, and Hawaiʻi is our home now, so this is great, I love it," UH Mānoa junior International Studies major Ella Willbrand said.
Urbick said the process of bringing Raising Cane's to Hawaiʻi has been in the works for a while.
"The actual building, its pretty crazy because I would say, three months ago, this location had nothing in it," she said. "People came in, we had a local construction crew come in, and they did an amazing job, and you can see all the artwork around and everything."
Ubrick said the first person in stood in line since 5 a.m.
"When I got in, I saw them and I thought 'Oh my goodness!'" she said.
Roughly 300 people stood in line for the grand opening on Tuesday morning, with 20 people winning free chicken once a week for the next year.