While digging through old archives, a member of the National Restaurant Association Knowledge Center staff discovered a piece of NRA history.
Found was a document from 1935 that chronicles how 30+ restaurateurs became charter members of the Southeastern Restaurant Association and affiliated with the NRA. The first signature on the agreement was from a gentleman named H.D. Sanders of Sander’s CafÃ© in Corbin, Ky.
You guessed it, the signature was that of Colonel Sanders, founder of KFC, restaurant industry pioneer and American icon. Sander’s CafÃ© later became known as Kentucky Fried Chicken, which today is known worldwide as KFC, and still uses the Colonel’s iconic image as part of the brand.
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