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This past year, Tampa Bay got its first Shake Shack and Capriottis. We’re also getting Del Taco. For lovers of fried chicken, here comes another popular chain to Tampa Bay.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Raising Cane’s has purchased land in Clearwater for their first Tampa area location. 2525 Gulf To Bay Boulevard where The Village Inn was is where they plan to set up shop first. Word is it won’t open until next year though. Raising Cane’s opens their first Florida location down in Miami next month. Hiring is underway though for more Raising Cane’s restaurants in Orlando, Pompano Beach, and Royal Palm Beach.

The chain is based in Louisiana and was founded in the mid 1990s. Raising Cane’s has a very small focused menu. They are best known for their chicken tenders and Texas toast. You’ll also find crinkle-cut french fries, special Cane’s sauce, and coleslaw. But that’s about it. I’ve never been to a Raising Cane’s but it sounds a lot like PDQ, Zaxby’s or Guthries that opened in Tampa a couple years ago.

That’s not the only fast food fried chicken spot coming our way. This news about Raising Cane’s follows last year’s announcement that Dave’s Fried Chicken has its eyes on the Tampa area. They’re looking to open 8 locations in Tampa Bay. Raising Cane’s won’t have to look hard to find competition when they open that Clearwater spot either. There’s a Chick-fil-A right across the street. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]