A Louisiana-based chicken restaurant with Alaska ties will open its first restaurant in the state at Anchorage’s Tikahtnu Commons.

A sign posted at the popular shopping area this week confirmed its addition. Muni planning documents show the roughly 4,000-square-foot drive-thru restaurant set to open by December, on a land parcel just south of the commons’ Olive Garden restaurant.

Raising Cane’s menu specializes in made-to-order chicken fingers, served with coleslaw, French fries, Texas toast and a proprietary sauce. The restaurants also make their own sweet tea and lemonade.

In an account of the chain's creation, founder Todd Graves said a professor and banks told him "a chicken finger restaurant would never work." He raised some of the money for his first restaurant working 90-hour weeks as a boilermaker in Los Angeles -- but also earned some of it on the Last Frontier.

"Then I fished commercially for sockeye salmon in Alaska, working 20-hour days in the dangerous conditions," Graves wrote.

Graves said he was originally going to name the business Sockeye’s Chicken Fingers, in honor of his Alaska work, but was persuaded to name it after his pet dog instead.

According to the Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, Louisiana, Raising Cane’s has entered a partnership with Panda Express in a bid to open several locations this year in Alaska and Hawaii.

A Panda Express has already opened at Tikahtnu, with another Anchorage restaurant just west of the Aurora Village Carrs Safeway on Northern Lights Boulevard.

Janis Harper contributed information to this story.

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