HISTORIC SANDERS CAFÉ AND MUSEUM REOPENS
KFC’S HISTORIC SANDERS CAFÉ AND MUSEUM CELEBRATED ITS GRAND REOPENING OF DINING ROOM AND MUSEUM FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF EXTENSIVE RESTORATION
The Sanders Café and Museum in Corbin, KY—the historic birthplace of Colonel Sanders’ secret recipe—reopened its dining room and museum following an extensive preservation effort that began in 2019. KFC and JRN Inc., KFC Franchisee and operator of the restaurant and museum, hosted a grand reopening celebration and ribbon-cutting event on Friday, April 22, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT, followed by an exclusive first look and tour for members of the local media.
Sanders Café and Museum, located at 688 Hwy 25 in Corbin, KY., began a massive interior and exterior restoration project in 2019. Throughout the renovation, the restaurant’s drive-thru remained open, serving guests from all over the world. The updated restaurant now features a unique and world-class design that preserves the historical integrity of the location, with some design elements drawn from KFC’s signature American Showman design aesthetic, which pays tribute to Colonel Sanders.
The reopening of the dining room and museum was delayed following renovation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some key elements featured in the interior of the restaurant include:
- Harland’s Herb and Spice room celebrates Colonel Sanders’s signature world-famous Original Recipe and secret blend of 11 herbs and spices
- A historical KFC timeline that celebrates the legacy of Colonel Sanders to be featured in an expanded museum space
- A model of Sanders Café’s original kitchen and hotel room
- A retail area where guests can purchase souvenirs to commemorate their visit to the Sanders Café and Museum