Sometimes you just get a craving for fried chicken. Sometimes you want the original recipe. And SOMETIMES, you want to go get it where those 11 herbs and spices first came together.

That means you'll have to pile in the car, truck, SUV, or whatever will carry you and get your behind to Corbin, Kentucky--the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken. The Sanders Cafe and Museum has reopened and is ready for business.

Back in 2019, the legendary eatery and its accompanying museum closed for renovations that were expected to last about nine months. Do the math, and you'll likely get that COVID reared its ugly head and postponed the reopening.

But now, it IS back open and ready for fans to visit.

More than 75 years ago, Colonel Sanders was in the kitchen at the Sanders Cafe toying with 11 herbs and spices and mixing them together in varying proportions until he landed upon the perfect combination. To this day, it is a tightly-kept secret--maybe one of the most FAMOUS secrets on the planet.

A couple who tours the south and records the highlights has a popular YouTube channel on which they presented THEIR tour of the Sanders Cafe and Museum just before it closed in 2019.

According to, the model motel room--one of the museum's most popular exhibits--has been restored to its original state. Additionally, the museum features a tour of the kitchen where Sanders mixed those legendary spices AND a tour of the colonel's office.

Originally known as Sanders Court, the cafe (pre-museum) was actually just a gas station. The cafe and motel were added later. Here's Colonel Sanders from a VERY old video--he passed away in 1980--detailing the history and growth of the Sanders Cafe.

Most folks don't realize that it's Corbin where it all began. That would include me until just a few years ago. I had it in my head that it was in Shelbyville, but THAT'S the Claudia Sanders Dinner House. I've never been there, either.

I'm told I'm missing out on BOTH accounts. I've got a summer to get that straightened out, don't I?

[SOURCE: Corbin Times-Tribune]

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