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Todd Graves (2020)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-02-21

Duration: 00:28:00

Subjects: Graves, Todd | Business | Food | Entrepreneurship


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Laudun, Tika Producer
  • Graves, Todd Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from February 21, 2020, features an interview with Todd Graves conducted by Beth Courtney. Graves, a native of Baton Rouge, is the founder and CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. He discusses: the importance of keeping his company headquarters in Baton Rouge; cooking with his mother as a child; incorporating Louisiana hospitality into the culture of his business; his decision to open an operations center in Dallas; his advice to aspiring entrepreneurs; raising the money to open his business; his work-life balance; his plans to expand in Asia; the importance of community involvement at all of his locations; his employees; his hopes for the future; serving as the King of Washington Mardi Gras; and the growth of the restaurant industry in Louisiana.