Jun 172014
 
The former site of the Subway at the corner of South Claiborne and Toledano is now a vacant lot awaiting the construction of a Raising Cane's. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former site of the Subway at the corner of South Claiborne and Toledano is now a vacant lot awaiting the construction of a Raising Cane’s. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign on the Magnolia Marketplace site promises a 2015 grand opening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign on the Magnolia Marketplace site promises a 2015 grand opening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Raising Cane’s is one vacant lot closer to its Uptown New Orleans debut, after the old Subway building on the corner of South Claiborne and Toledano was demolished over the past week to make room for it on the corner of the Magnolia Marketplace shopping center.

The Magnolia Marketplace — which include Ross, TJ Maxx, PetSmart and other national retailers — is on track for a its mid-March 2015 grand opening, said Townsend Underhill, vice president for development at Stirling Properties. Raising Cane’s has not set its own opening date yet, Underhill said, but it is expected to be even sooner.

“Raising Cane’s has said they will likely open as much as six weeks ahead of schedule,” Underhill said.

(An early February opening, incidentally, would coincide with the start of the 2015 carnival season, an especially popular time for take-out fried chicken. The Krewe of Oshun, the first parade on the Uptown route, is scheduled to roll Feb. 6.)

Though the old yellow Subway building is gone, the business is still a part of the Magnolia Marketplace development as well. The restaurant will be moving into the outparcel on the opposite side of Washington Avenue that already houses the new Capital One bank branch, and should open in the “next couple of weeks,” Underhill said.

The remainder of the project remains on schedule, with pile-driving and utility work proceeding at a pace expected to meet the March 2015 grand opening, Underhill said.

Raising Cane’s is also opening two other locations on major Uptown thoroughfares, on St. Charles Avenue at Thalia and on Carrollton near Forshey. Those locations were expected to open this year.

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  • GEMINI521

    Yasssssss!!!!!!!!!! Can hardly wait!!! YeeDeeDee!!! :-)