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Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum, Corbin

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The Harland Sanders Café is a historic restaurant located in North Corbin, Kentucky. Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, operated the restaurant from 1940 to 1956. Sanders also developed the famous KFC secret recipe at the café during the 1940s. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 7, 1990.HistoryAfter moving to North Corbin in 1930, Sanders started a service station across the street from the present location of the Harland Sanders Café along U.S. Route 25. Sanders served meals for travelers in the back of the service station at his own dining table, which seated six people. By 1937, the culinary skills of Sanders became well known and he built the Sanders Café, which seated 142 people. Two years later, the restaurant was destroyed by fire.Shortly after the fire in 1939, construction began on the present Sanders Café, along with the addition of a motel. The restaurant-motel complex reopened on July 4, 1940. A new addition to the café was a model of a motel room located in the adjacent Sanders' Motel. This was used to persuade customers to spend the night at the motel.Business continued to boom as it was located along U.S. 25, the main north-south route through central Kentucky. This soon changed with the completion of Interstate 75, which bypassed the restaurant and city entirely. Sanders sold the café in 1956 and began selling franchises for KFC.
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  • It's a free museum where you can order from the current KFC menu - and it was interesting to learn the origin of this American staple. It as a motel and restaurant - where the Colonel developed the sp...  more »
  • We traveled to Corbin for a concert and just happened to look up things to do and came across this. Food is same at any KFC but with some history of the motel and kitchen.  more »
  • No matter where I travel around the world, when I mention that I live in Kentucky, everyone mentions KY Fried Chicken. Therefore, when international visitors come to visit my state, I always take them...  more »
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  • They have the buffet, good chicken and the Kentucky fried chicken museum is awesome. My wife loved it.
  • Visited here because of its historical significance. My first KFC visit in US and the fried chicken was tasteful.
  • Cool place to visit if your in the Corbin area. I thought it would be more exiting and more to see but it was nice. Basically a couple exhibits which I believe were mostly recreated. Some cool memorabilia and pictures on display. As far as the restaurant, I love KFC but this location, the food wasn't that great nor the service.
  • Great chicken and great place to stop off and see the origional KFC kitchen museum. When I travel through with family I get photos of nieces and nephews with the Colonel. It's a blast for me and I think it embarrasses the kids but all in good fun I really think they like it to.
  • Awesome to be at the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken... just wish there was a gift shop with a t-shirt for me to take as a souvenir.