How many fast-food chicken joints can Tallahassee handle?

Graphic courtesy: Aliya Everett

Tallahassee residents have been anticipating changes in food options for a long time, and there have been a few new developments of late. However, many are saying that the new options are quite a bit like the present ones that consumers in the capital city are faced with today.

It’s safe to say that the newest and hottest fast-food commodity has brought excitement.

Raising Cane’s has made its way to Tallahassee, bringing people from all over to its doors on West Tennessee Street. On official opening day, cars were lined down the street, filled with customers who were eager to try the Baton Rouge restaurant’s tender chicken.

As a busy college student, Sydney Smith is happy that Raising Cane’s has opened in Tallahassee.

“I like Raising Cane’s,” the Detroit native said. “And I like how it stays open late compared to other fast food chicken spots.”

Among all the excitement brought on by the new restaurant, some concerns have been raised regarding its arrival.

With Raising Cane’s opening across the street from Guthrie’s and serving a similar menu, some are  questioning whether the two chains will battle for customers.

On the other side of Tennessee Street, Chubby’s Chicken Fingers and More will soon close its doors. Chubby’s has served chicken wings, tenders and wraps for many years. The well-known fast-food restaurant announced that  it has no plans to stop serving chicken altogether, but to do it a different way. Chubby’s is planning to open a food truck sometime in the future.

Justin Williams, a recent graduate of Florida A&M University, views the closure of Chubby’s in a positive light, believing the business will benefit from it.

“Hopefully the food truck is in a good spot or at least can move,” the 21-year-old said. “So, that way they can reach more people, especially since we have so many chicken spots.”

Popeyes, Chick-fil-A and Zaxbys are just a few popular fast-food chains that specialize in chicken. A-Town Wings, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Chicago Wings are other chicken-centric spots in town.

TeAhna Lawrence, a third-year health care management student, is content with the wide variety of chicken eateries in Tallahassee.

“I feel the chicken spots in Tallahassee are all very similar but have their small differences making their popularity among the population different,” the FAMU student said. “The chicken spot that stands out the most to me is Zaxbys because of the options of wings and tenders.”