The Harland Sanders Café is a historic restaurant located in North
Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken,
operated the restaurant from 1940-1956. 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.
After 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
Sanders Café, which seated 142 people. Two years later, the
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.
The Harland Sanders Café was
renovated and reopened in the fall of 1990 as a museum. A modern KFC
was also built adjacent to the café. While at the museum, visitors can
tour the office of Harland Sanders, see the kitchen where Sanders
developed the KFC
secret formula, and view KFC memorabilia.
This museum was a fantastic find
for us. We were out looking for antiques and flea market bargains. We
had just finished "The World's Longest Yard Sale" starting in Gadsden,
Alabama a few days earlier, and we saw a "antique store" sign on the
interstate. The store was closed for some reason, but we had the
fortune to drive by this museum on the way to the store. It all worked
out great. It's all goooooood :>)
Open daily 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Colonel Sanders Cafe & Museum
688 U.S. Route 25W
North Corbin, Kentucky