Well, the Year of the Chicken has officially been extended.

Last year, we had The Eagle, Tupelo Honey, Coop de Ville and a bunch of others doing the semi-upscale fried chicken thing. Recently, the more fast food-oriented Southern chain Layne’s Chicken Fingers plotted the arrival of five locations.

Now, it’s time for Baton Rouge-based Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers to open a spot in Western PA — in the new development The Piazza at South Fayette. Its specialty is chicken fingers, chicken sandwiches, crinkle-cut fries and distinctive sauces.

Cane’s has definitely got its fans, or “Caniacs” as they like to call them.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. Photo courtesy of Burns Scalo.
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. Photo courtesy of Burns Scalo.

“We are so excited to continue our growth across Pennsylvania by opening our doors to this awesome South Fayette location,” says Dustin Shearer, a Raising Cane executive. “We can’t wait to plant our roots in the area and get started serving our Pittsburgh Caniacs very soon!”

The chicken chain has 640 locations and 50,000 employees, so it’s not a small endeavor.

“Raising Cane’s vision for quality, cool culture and community involvement … makes them a perfect addition to The Piazza,” says South Fayette Commissioner Gwen Rodi.

Raising Cane’s will join Primanti Bros. and Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, which are scheduled to open this fall at The Piazza at South Fayette. Cane’s is expected to open in early 2023.

The developer of The Piazza is Burns Scalo Real Estate, which has been developing a lot of new real estate in the region, including the giant $130 million Diamond Ridge project, which will include office space and at least 1,200 housing units along the Parkway West in Moon.

Michael Machosky is a writer and journalist with 18 years of experience writing about everything from development news, food and film to art, travel, books and music. He lives in Greenfield with his wife, Shaunna, and 10-year old son.