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Two fast food restaurants almost unknown in southeastern Wisconsin, Raising Cane’s and Taco John’s, may be coming to Kenosha. An initial hearing on the plans will be heard Thursday by the Kenosha City Plan Commission.

A rendering of the new Raising Cane restaurant, whose plans will go before the town planning committee on Thursday evening. It would be the sec…

A rendering of the new Taco John’s restaurant, plans for which will be presented to the city’s plan commission on Thursday evening. The nearest current Ta…

The Plan Commission will meet and consider approval of conditional use permits for two restaurants at 6303 75th St., just west of 64th Avenue. The restaurants would replace the former Sparks Insurance office building and include additional properties.

The current office building at 6303 75th St. is the subject of plans before the city plan commission to raze the building and add two…

Rich Schroeder, assistant director of community development, said staff recommend approval to the commission. The current office building would be demolished and the site divided into a west lot and an east lot.

According to documents filed with the city, the western half of the current site would be used for a 3,331-square-foot Raising Cane restaurant and parking lot. Raising Caine’s is a chicken fingers chain founded in Louisiana, which currently has only one location in Wisconsin. The expected value of the upgrades is $2 million and the new business would create approximately 45-50 new jobs in the area.

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The eastern half would become a 2,441 square foot Taco John’s restaurant and parking lot. Taco John’s is a Mexican-inspired fast food chain, with the closest location currently about an hour away, in Milwaukee. The new restaurant would create 35 new jobs, with an expected value of the upgrades of $1.3 million.

The next step, if the conditional use permits and certified survey map are approved, will be to return in about a month for final approval at the September 22 plan commission meeting. Schroeder said that because the location is already zoned for commercial use, it doesn’t require a rezoning feature.

If all goes well, Schroeder said construction could begin groundbreaking as early as this fall.

The two new chains will offer restaurant and drive-thru services. Raising Cane’s menu offers variations of chicken finger dishes, with optional sides of fries or coleslaw. A picture of the company’s mascot, a yellow Labrador retriever named Raising Cane, can usually be seen outside most of the company’s restaurants.

Taco John’s, launched in 1968 as a single taco stand in Wyoming, will soon celebrate its 55th anniversary. The franchise has more than 380 restaurants in 22 states.

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