In 1940, “Colonel” Harland Sanders, so titled as a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, opened a small clapboard diner, the Sanders Café, alongside his motel and petrol station in tiny Corbin, ninety miles south of Lexington on I-75. His Kentucky Fried Chicken empire has since spread all over the world. The original hundred-seat restaurant, at 688 US-25 W (daily 10am–10pm; 606 528 2163), has been restored with 1940s decor and an immense amount of memorabilia. The food served is the usual KFC, but it’s an atmospheric little spot.

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