There’s something in the air and it smells like chicken fingers.

That’s because construction is set to begin on a new Raising Cane’s, a fast-food restaurant known for its chicken fingers, secret sauce and Texas toast.

The $1.3 million project received final approval from the city’s planning commission on July 16. It will go in at 21330 Center Ridge Road, the site of the former Executive Club

In 2016, the city received a $450,000 grant to tear down the condemned building, which sat vacant for five years.

The new restaurant will feature an outdoor dining area and a double driveway for the drive-through.

Construction is expected to begin later this month and will wrap up in October. Officials expect that no traffic will be disturbed during this time.

Raising Cane’s was founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by Todd Graves and Craig Silvey in 1996. Today it has 430 restaurants in the United States and internationally in places including Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

The restaurant began to branch out late last year in Ohio with restaurants popping up in Strongsville and Kent and one being announced recently in Brooklyn. Another is being built on Detroit Avenue in Lakewood.

Rocky River Mayor Pamela Bobst said she is looking forward to the restaurant's opening.

“It certainly has a reputation as being a wonderful restaurant and I will say that I’ve had a number of residents ask me when it was being built because they’re anxious to enjoy Cane’s chicken,” Bobst said. “I think they’re going to receive a warm welcome from our city.”

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