The Marie Callender’s restaurant in Rancho Palos Verdes was open for 47 years until it closed its doors and moved to a smaller location in January 2019.
But, a new era could one day dawn at the corner of Western Avenue and Trudie Drive — and it could involve chicken fingers.
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, a national chain with hundreds of locations across the U.S. but only a smattering in Southern California, has submitted plans for a 2,800 square-foot-project at the former Marie Callender’s location, according to Jaehee Yoon, associate planner for the city. If the company follows through, the fast-food restaurant would replace the 4,762 square-foot Marie Callender’s and the 1,959 square-foot Broiler Express, near the RPV and San Pedro border.
The company submitted its plans for the Rancho Palos Verdes location in February, Yoon said, but had to revise them to accommodate more cars for its drive-thru.
Raising Cane’s declined to confirm the new location, however, despite the plans being submitted to the city. The company, in a statement, was cautious.
“Raising Cane’s is continuously evaluating opportunities to grow restaurants all over the world, especially in Southern California,” the statement said. “Many factors go into our decisions, and ever-changing market conditions can affect planned locations and launch dates.
“We will make a public announcement,” the statement added, “if and when an official expansion decision has been made.”
Raising Cane’s founder Todd Graves, according to Raising Cane’s website, took a job as a boilermaker in a refinery and fished commercially for salmon in Alaska, to raise money to open his first location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1996.
Raising Cane’s was founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1996. There are now more than 450 locations in the U.S. Lakewood and Long Beach each have a Raising Cane’s. The Torrance Planning Commission, in November, approved a Raising Cane’s at the southeast corner of Hawthorne Boulevard and 23th Street, which would replace a Pier 1 Imports.