Raising Cane’s Continues to Eye Fort Collins Locations

Raising Cane’s confirmed with What Now Denver that it will continue its search for a Fort Collins location
Raising Cane’s Continues to Eye Fort Collins Locations
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Eager to open a second Fort Collins location with an expansive drive-thru, Raising Cane’s set its eyes on the former Pobre Pancho’s (1802 N. College Ave) and the adjacent used car lot (1800 N. College Ave). However, after the corporate-owned chain proposed the demolition and dig-up of both lots to make ample room for their project plans, a historic review regarding the ages of both the restaurant and lot was launched. While the used car lot was not given landmark eligibility, Pobre Pancho’s was deemed landmark eligible. 

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Pobre Pancho’s was owned and operated by Frank and Mary Perez + family from 1969 to 2020 until it was sold to a longtime Pobre Pancho’s customer, Asher Haun. Sadly, founder Frank Perez died of cancer shortly after the sale. 

“The closure [came] after two years of no profits, challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, increased food prices, and a slowing economy,” recalled Haun for the Coloradoan.

While Raising Cane’s confirmed with What Now Denver that the chain is continuing its Fort Collins search, they did not provide specifics as to where exactly they’re currently scouting. It’s also unclear if the Pobre Pancho’s location has been completely removed from consideration. 

Amanda Peukert

Amanda Peukert is a Los Angeles-based writer with a love for tattoos, music, food, and film. She received her BA and MFA in creative writing from California State University, Long Beach. Her work has appeared in/on SPIN, LA Taco, Tattoodo, Skin Deep, and Tattoo Energy. When she’s not writing, you can catch her listening to Alice in Chains and Tupac, or watching movies like The Crow and Halloween while eating tacos and drinking a cold beer.
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