Colonel Sanders’ Home Is for Sale — With His Fried Chicken Recipe

Most actual property comes with closing prices and the occasional leftover furnishings. This Kentucky property comes with a historic restaurant and a coveted recipe for fried hen.

Colonel Harland Sanders — sure, that Colonel Sanders — and his spouse’s former property and Shelbyville restaurant are on the market — and, sure, it comes with their recipes for the whole lot from their domestically well-known yeast rolls to their signature fried hen. Effectively, technically, it’s not that recipe for fried hen, however we’ll get to that in a minute.

The Colonel’s 5,000-square-foot house, inbuilt 1866 and generally known as Blackwood Corridor (after a Nancy Drew novel), was his house for over 25 years. It comes with the 25,000-square-foot Claudia Sanders Dinner Home restaurant and banquet corridor, in addition to greater than 3 acres of land. He and his spouse, Claudia, moved into the house in 1959. Claudia Sanders offered Blackwood Corridor to the present homeowners, who have been shut associates and staff, in 1984.


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WHAT does the Colonel Sanders house include?

In addition to the house and the hooked up industrial property at 3202 Shelbyville Street, the sale would come with Sanders’s memorabilia, together with his unique Kentucky Colonel certificates, a cheerful birthday letter from President Richard Nixon, Sanders’s monogrammed Bible, his first stress cooker, the range he used to show new franchisees learn how to prepare dinner hen, and one of many unique Kentucky Fried Rooster buckets.

The restaurant, which remains to be fashionable, can seat over 700 company and comes with all the required gear and the whole lot else wanted to maintain the place operating easily via the possession transition. That features all of the recipes — and right here’s the place we get to that technicality: The fried-chicken recipe for the Claudia Sanders Dinner Home is not the identical because the famed “11 herbs and spices” KFC recipe. Neither is the handwritten recipe that was discovered by Sanders’s nephew in a household scrapbook to a lot to-do in 2016, in line with Yum! Manufacturers, the present proprietor of KFC. There are different recipes handwritten by Sanders that the present homeowners preserve in a security deposit field and should not a part of this real-estate sale — these bodily, handwritten recipes aren’t a part of the sale.

And no, there isn’t a secret vault of recipes hidden on the positioning, in line with representatives of the household and co-listing brokers for the property.


There’s no publicly listed asking value for the property, however you want to have the ability to present you’ve no less than $5 million in liquid property to start out. You’ll nonetheless be moreover vetted — and precedence shall be given to these people who find themselves fascinated with preserving the enterprise, maintaining on its long-term staff and sustaining the legacy of Claudia Sanders.


Sanders was a pioneer within the fast-food business, from utilizing what was then the brand new know-how of stress cooking to hurry up meals preparation to establishing fast-food requirements to enrolling enterprise companions in an early type of the franchising mannequin that’s customary within the business at the moment. He was additionally a advertising and marketing wizard, arising with the mystique of the chain’s “11 herbs and spices” recipe and the “finger lickin’ good” slogan, and adopting a signature white swimsuit and changing into the very energetic and really public face of the model.

Sanders was truly born in Indiana and was concerned in the whole lot from steamboat ferries to natural-gas lamp manufacturing — he even practiced legislation — earlier than he moved to rural Kentucky and opened a gasoline station. He acquired into the meals busienss when he hooked up a restaurant to it to serve individuals ready for his or her vehicles to be serviced. (The famously hot-tempered Sanders acquired in a deadly gunfight with the proprietor of a rival gasoline station who was portray over his indicators — Sanders was arrested however launched with out fees, since he shot the opposite gas-station proprietor in self-defense.)

Sanders’s restaurant grew greater and have become a part of a motel complicated, gaining much more reputation as soon as it was written up by the roving restaurant critic Duncan Hines. (Sure, there was an actual Duncan Hines.) World Conflict II after which the brand new interstate freeway system doomed his restaurant, nonetheless, so he went on the street to as a substitute develop a community of franchisees who offered hen made along with his recipe and used his picture to draw prospects. In 1948, he married a waitress within the Sanders Cafe, Claudia Ledington, who grew to become a key participant in his rising empire.

In 1964, Sanders offered the enterprise, now generally known as Kentucky Fried Rooster, to an funding group for $2 million however stayed on as a model ambassador for $40,000 a 12 months. In 1968, Sanders and his spouse opened the Shelbyville restaurant, initially known as the Kentucky Inn and later The Colonel’s Woman’s Dinner Home, which he and his spouse, Claudia, deliberate to franchise as a enterprise fully impartial of Kentucky Fried Rooster.

In 1971, nonetheless, one other group purchased Kentucky Fried Rooster — and Colonel Sanders started publicly disparaging them and the meals they have been promoting underneath the Kentucky Fried Rooster title. The brand new homeowners acquired wind of Sanders’s new franchising plans and despatched legal professionals to cease them. Sanders responded with a $122 million lawsuit. The consequence? A settlement wherein Sanders acquired $1 million, the restaurant was renamed Claudia Sanders Dinner Home, and Sanders stopped badmouthing Kentucky Fried Rooster — as soon as he gave the brand new homeowners a private cooking lesson. (Potential franchising rights for Claudia Sanders Dinner Home can be half of the present sale, by the way in which.)

Harland Sanders was 90 when died of leukemia in 1980. Kentucky Fried Rooster was rebranded KFC in 1991.


Although he served within the navy and was stationed in Cuba throughout the U.S. navy intervention on that island in 1906 — as a non-public — the rank Sanders was most recognized for wasn’t navy. He was a Kentucky Colonel, an honorary title bestowed by the governor of Kentucky in recognition of philanthropic achievements.

Claudia Sanders was additionally a Kentucky Colonel and thus the opposite Colonel Sanders, by the way in which, however she most well-liked to go by her common title.

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