Colonel Harland and Claudia Sanders Kentucky home, restaurant for sale

A “For Sale” sign went up this month at a Kentucky landmark and for the right buyer, it could be a deal that’s “finger lickin ‘good.”

The Claudia Sanders Dinner House, the restaurant created by Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Harland Sanders for his wife decades ago in Shelbyville, Kentucky is on the market. As part of the sale, the buyer will also acquire the trademark and likeness of the Claudia Sanders name plus the home which was the primary residence of the Sanders family for more than 25 years.

The 5,000-square-foot residence named Blackwood Hall is where the Sanders family lived from 1959 to 1984. The home is being sold with many pieces of memorabilia including Colonel Sanders’ original Kentucky Colonel certificate, a Happy Birthday letter from President Richard Nixon, Colonel Sanders’ Bible, money clip, wristwatch, and more.

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The estate sale is being handled by Six Degrees Real Estate. The physical property includes 3.01-acres of commercially zoned real estate, the two structures which include the 25,000-square-foot restaurant and banquet hall and Blackwood Hall.

A sale price is not listed and asked interested parties to contact the agent directly.

“Claudia was the unspoken hero of her husband’s success in business. And he wanted to honor her by creating Claudia Sanders Dinner House and associated brands, “Jonathan Klunk, a listing agent and family representative said in a press release.” There is so much rich history included in this sale, it’s exciting to think about the potential that lies ahead for the right buyer – to honor and protect this legacy and grow the brand even further. ”

Known for its famous yeast rolls, creamed spinach, pies, and southern comfort cooking, Claudia Sanders Dinner House has been a staple of the Shelbyville community since its grand opening in 1959 and has built a legacy of its own in the heart of Kentucky, with visitors traveling from all over the world to visit. The building also served as the first KFC headquarters.

“The restaurant has only been owned by the Sanders and their close friends, the Settles,” Morgan Hancock, another family representative and listing agent, said in the release. “The Settles are now committed to finding the next caretaker of this historic brand that will not only fight to maintain its legacy, employees, and staple dishes here in this community, but potentially expand the Claudia Sanders brand nationwide.”

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Colonel Sanders died in 1980 at the age of 94, while Claudia Sanders passed away in 1996, when she was 90. The Settles took over The Claudia Sanders Dinner House in the 1970s and are now ready to retire.

If you can imagine yourself frying up a few drumsticks in the Sanders ‘former home kitchen and running the dining room at Claudia Sanders’ iconic restaurant in Shelby County, visit the listing at

Reach Kirby Adams at [email protected] or Twitter @kirbylouisville.

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