Kentucky restaurant opened by KFC’s Colonel Sanders for sale


The Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville, Kentucky, better known as the restaurant KFC founder Colonel Sanders created with his wife, is for sale.

The sale includes the restaurant and property, which also consists of the former primary residence of the Sanders family, as well as memorabilia. The trademark and likeness of the Claudia Sanders name is also for sale, according to a news release. 

There’s no asking price on the listing. 

Shelbyville is a town of about 16,000 just east of Louisville.

Born Harlan David Sanders, Colonel Sanders created Kentucky Fried Chicken (now known as KFC) and opened the original franchise in 1952. He married his wife, Claudia in 1949. She died in 1996.

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The Claudia Sanders Dinner House is the only non-KFC restaurant that serves an authorized version of the fried chicken recipe. It also serves Sanders’ “original recipe” fried chicken as part of its non-fast food menu.

Photo courtesy of claudiasanders.com

The physical property includes 3.01 acres of commercially zoned real estate, a 5,000-square-foot residence named Blackwood Hall that belonged to the Sanders from 1959-1984 and an almost 25,000-square-foot restaurant and banquet hall. 

The estate sale is being handled by Six Degrees Real Estate, which is based out of Jeffersonville, Indiana. 

According to a release, the restaurant has only ever been owned by the Sanders and their close friends, the Settles, who have listed it for sale. 



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