By Jessica Iannetta –  Managing Editor, Baltimore Business Journal

Raising Cane’s is moving forward with plans to open three restaurants in Greater Baltimore over the coming months as the popular restaurant chain makes its entrance into the region.

The Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company said Monday it plans to open its first area location in a 3,900-square-foot space at Towson Row next month. A second restaurant will open in Gambrills at 1070 MD-3 North, off of Crain Highway, in early March. A Westminster spot will follow later that same month at 400 Englar Road, just south of the Interstate 97 and Interstate 140 exchange, across from the Petco.

It’s unclear how many locations the chain plans to open in Greater Baltimore. Co-CEO AJ Kumaran said in June 2021 that Raising Cane’s was hoping to open 50 locations in Greater Washington.

The company did not immediately respond to a request from the BBJ Monday seeking more information on its expansion plans in the Baltimore region.

Raising Cane’s plans to hire more than 250 people for the Gambrills and Westminster locations, the company said in a release. Pay starts at $15 an hour for staff, with management pay starting at $18 an hour.

Both locations will be built out with Raising Cane’s new restaurant design, which includes a large patio, a drive-thru with two lanes and open kitchens so customers can get a behind-the-scenes look at their food being prepared.

Raising Cane’s, which is known for its chicken fingers and crinkle fries, has about 500 stores in more than two dozen states and five countries.