Chicken tender chain Raising Cane's coming to Clearwater

We're officially Tendy Town.

Photo via Raising Cane's/Facebook
Yet another challenger has entered Tampa Bay's ongoing and hotly contested tendy war.

According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal,  Louisiana-based restaurant chain Raising Cane's, known for chicken tenders and sauces, purchased the Village Inn lot, located at 2525 Gulf to Bay Blvd. in Clearwater. Notably, the lot is directly across the street from a Chic-fil-A restaurant.

It's unclear when Raising Cane's plans to open. But when it does, the concept will have to compete in an already saturated tendie market here in Tampa Bay.

The area already boasts locally-owned spots like PDQ,  Joella's Hot Chicken, Chicky Chicky Bang Bang, and King of the Coop, as well as Big Tendy brands like Carrabba's-sourced Tender Shack, Chic-fil-A , Zaxby's, Hoots and multiple locations planned for chains like Huey Magoo's and Dave’s Hot Chicken in the coming months.

Forget it, it's Tendy Town. 

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
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