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April 12, 2021 60 min

Chicken-finger brand Raising Cane's lost 30 percent of its sales in the weeks following stay-at-home orders last March, but by the end of 2020, it was clearing its original sales expectations by 10 percent. How did it do it? Drive thrus helped a lot, but the company's culture was mostly to thank.

That culture is something founder Todd Graves has been working on since he opened the first location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1996, and it helped the company clock in at No. 89 in Glassdoor’s most recent “Best Places to Work” list. Graves and co-CEO AJ Kumaran join the podcast to talk about how Cane’s culture comes alive in its stores, how the corporate team has invested deeply in its Restaurant Leaders, and how all of this served the brand well in the pandemic. 

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