Raising Cane’s celebrates opening day in Albuquerque

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After much anticipation, Raising Cane’s is celebrating the grand opening of its first Albuquerque location Tuesday.

Caniacs lined up outside the location, at Montgomery and San Mateo, waiting for the chicken restaurant to open. The restaurant officially opened at 9 a.m. and will be open until midnight.

The first person to place an order was Kristopher Clark, an Albuquerque native who says he has traveled across the country to be the first in line at several new Raising Cane’s locations.

“I got here first on Sunday around 9 a.m., I had to guarantee that I was first,” Clark said.

Caniacs in line said they were waiting several hours to get their food.

The next Raising Cane’s to open will be located on Wyoming between Menaul and Indian School. That location is slated to open June 6.

Company officials had previously said the Rio Rancho and Paseo del Norte locations will open after that – one at Paseo and San Pedro and one at Southern and Unser. A location at Gibson and Alumni is also in the works.