Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sanders Cafe, Corbin, KY

So even before I came to the US, I was always wondering if I could get to see the KFC birthplace because KFC was the first American fast food restaurant opened in China back in the 90s and it played an important role in spreading American food culture worldwide. It is not surprising that KFC is bigger than McDonalds in China, although it’s not the case here in the US or maybe anywhere else in the world. I still miss KFC back in China since they have a lot more varieties than what they have here. I feel that they have been taking the North American market for granted, though I don’t really know the big picture here-maybe the competition here is way more severe than in Asian markets. The birthplace of KFC is Corbin, Kentucky, a small town about 2 hours away from Lexington and the headquarter of KFC is actually in Louisville. We went to Corbin on a Sunday afternoon and we didn’t really decide we should have dinner there until we were half way there. It is like a normal KFC anywhere here, and the only difference is that they kept the old kitchen and dinning area same as before. So it’s like a casual museum. To be honest, I was a little disappointed to see how casual that was. Maybe it’s no big deal for people there in Corbin, but as a heritage of the US culture, I really think it should be better protected.

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