This new style of KFC will feature flatbreads with toppings, rice bowls, salads and only boneless pieces of Original Recipe chicken, reports the Associated Press.
And to top it all off, the familiar image of the Colonel, he of the rounded spectacles and snowy chin, won’t be on prominent display. The “eleven” in the name is a nod to the chain’s 11 herbs and spices used in Col. Sander’s initial chicken innovation though, so he’ll be there in spirit.
KFC is just another chain that’s lately — like Applebee’s and Red Lobster, just to name a couple — trying to class up its image, based on the idea that young, hip and happenin’ 20-somethings are drawn to the upscale chains like Chipotle and Panera Bread.
So why take out the bones? KFC’s president John Cywinski says it’s because KFC is basically synonymous with “buckets of fried chicken on the bone” as a weekend or dinner kind of cuisine. This new location is a test for the company to try to navigate the waters of classier fare and bring in more customers, especially women.
If you want this woman through your doors, keep that handsome Colonel around, am I right? Raaaarr.
Drops Bones, Colonel in Upmarket Restaurant [Associated Press]