The first 20 customers for the Maplewood Raising Cane’s ( 2707 S. Big Bend Boulevard) were lined up Monday afternoon for the Tuesday morning opening. Those first 20 will receive a meal a week for a year. First in line gets a gift basket too.
Angelo Matteuzzi, from St. Louis, was first. He arrived on Saturday with his dad. “I like the gift basket they give us, a Teddy Bear, and a Cane’s card so I can bring friends, and a lemonade that goes with it,”he said.
The next 18 started arriving Monday morning. Kevin Jordan said this is his ninth Raising Cane’s top 20 line. “I’ve been number one once but it’s nothing special. As long as I get in the top 20 I don’t care what number I am,” he said.
“I usually take the day off and go the day before,” Jordan said. “Me and my wife camp out. We bring everything we need — tent, sleeping bags and pillows. Camping out in advance five days or so is too much. I can’t do it. You want to shower. You want to do all kinds of things.”
Thomas Kinney, from nearby on McCausland Avenue said it’s about a free meal. “That always helps – saving money.” He was number 18 in line.
Some had passes to go drive through the drive-thru on Monday. Others had passes to dine in Monday evening.
The grand opening is set for Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Maplewood Raising Cane’s will be open Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight.