Raising Cane’s in Hattiesburg is moving to a new location.
The restaurant is moving two parking lots west from its current location, 3509 Hardy St., to the lot formerly occupied by Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar. The former Appleebee’s was demolished in late 2020 to make room for the new Raising Cane’s building.
“Number one, the location we are at right now was a conversion from a former restaurant to Cane’s,” Matt Massey, southeast regional vice president, said. “Hattiesburg has embraced us in such a gracious fashion that we’ve essentially outgrown that building.”
The restaurant’s management team believes the relocation will enable the eatery, which serves chicken fingers and fries, the opportunity to better support the capacity that it is seeing. The new location will allow for necessary upgrades, such as multi-lane drive-thrus and a high-capacity kitchen.
“We will back up on the street (in our current location) and, at times, it is extremely difficult to park,” Massey said. “Hopefully with this new location, with multiple entrance points, it will make it a more enjoyable experience for the customers, for our crew and a favorable experience for those coming to visit.”
The new location will have a bigger lot than the current Raising Cane’s location, allowing for more entrances, exits and parking. The move will also better accommodate mobile orders.
“As difficult as it is, we will shutter (the old) place and move into our new one,” he said. “This (new) location will be an enhanced restaurant design; it’ll still be Cane’s, but it’ll be Cane’s times 100.”
The new location will also include outdoor dining, and it will be the first Cane’s to have dual cook lines in an upgraded kitchen layout. Multi-laned drive-thrus will wrap about the building.
“We felt like the lot we are building on will accomplish our goals,” Massey said. “We love our location; we just outgrew it. When the Applebee’s (lot) became available, that was an answer to prayers.”
Massey said the goal is to open the new restaurant by June 2021.
• Will be located two parking lots west of its current location at the former Applebee’s site.
• Will be a larger space and will have a multi-lane drive-thru and a high-capacity kitchen.
• Will feature outdoor seating.
• Will be an “enhanced design.”