When the Micatrotto family looked to open their first Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers franchise 10 years ago, they had their hearts set on Henderson.
After a real estate deal fell through, the California transplants had to look elsewhere. But with 12 restaurants now under their belt, the Micatrottos are finally opening a location in the city.
Micatrotto Restaurant Group has broken ground on a new restaurant on St. Rose Parkway near Eastern Avenue. Plans to move into the area have been ongoing for about a year, said Chief Marketing Officer Justin Micatrotto. If everything goes smoothly, the restaurant will open Sept. 12.
"We wanted to be in Henderson from the get-go but couldn't find the right real estate," Micatrotto said. "For us, it's kind of the end of a journey."
The location will be a prototype, which means it will boast a larger dining room and higher drive-thru capacity than standard restaurants. The company expects the location to be one of its most successful. The family is calling the restaurant the "Seventh Wonder" because it will be the seventh branch to open in the Las Vegas Valley.
"There is a very good chance this could be our busiest location," Micatrotto said.
MRG, which owns Raising Cane's franchise rights in Nevada and Arizona, has seen rapid growth since its first store opened in 2006 at Charleston and Decatur boulevards. In the first five years, Micatrotto said the company plodded along, opening a new location each year in Las Vegas. In 2011, the group opened its first Arizona branch in Phoenix; this year, it opened one in Reno. MRG now has 12 restaurants across both states.
"The response has been great," Micatrotto said. "We don't have a bad location in town."
The family will cut the ribbon on a new location in Arizona on Aug. 22 before they open for business in Henderson.
Micatrotto said the company will look to open at least one more restaurant in Henderson.
"There is still some other bubbles in Henderson we can get to," he said.