Harland Sander’s Cafe and Museum
* 688 U.S. Route 25W, North Corbin, Kentucky * worldwide chain ~
Home to the infamous fast food chain “Kentucky Fried Chicken”, the privately owned 1940’s cafe is the original location of the entity when it first started out as a mom and pop fried chicken stand. It is now a National Historic Places property as of August 7, 1990. One of Kentucky’s famous historic restaurants located in North Corbin, Kentucky as the home of Colonel Harland Sanders and his wife. Sander’s founded the recipe and ran the restaurant from 1940 until 1956. In 1930 he opened a service station just across the street from the present location along U.S. Route 25 serving meals from the back of the gas station at his own dining table that seated 6. He became a popular stop-off and infamous for his batter. Across the street at the present-day location, he built the Sander’s Cafe that seated up to 142 patrons, but it caught fire two years later. In 1939 the cafe was rebuilt and is the present day museum and location. It was made into a motel complex in 1940. Business in the 40’s and 50’s boomed, but changed when Interstate 75 was built and bypassed the city entirely. He sold the cafe in 1956 and started selling franchises. In 1990 the cafe was turned into the museum and restaurant it is today.
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