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Worthington’s KFC puts finishing touches on interior renovations

Pictured is the KFC location in Burnsville. The Worthington Location is nearly identical visually. KFC's corporate policy prevents media photos inside their locations. (Special to The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — KFC has a new look.  

The Worthington fast-food restaurant reopened its dine-in area Wednesday with a completely redone interior featuring new furniture and a revamped layout.

“It’s basically a brand new restaurant,” said manager Rick Steele, who officially took over the store six months ago. “It’s a complete makeover. There’s almost nothing in here that isn’t new — the bathrooms, the buffet, everything.”

In the center of the store is the most noticeable new design element — a large light shaped like a KFC bucket, which hangs over a circular booth and table.

Gone are the hard plastic yellow booths with bright red cushions, replaced with more modern, softer booth seats. The yellow walls and black ceiling tile are replaced with lighter grey, while the floor is wood. There are a few fewer seats, but much more space for customers ordering food.

Toward the back of the store is a big, red “Celebrity Chef” wall, which features pictures of Colonel Sanders on his various trips around the world.

The renovations are standard from KFC’s corporate office. The Kentucky company has reworked several KFC locations in Minnesota over the last few years, bringing the same design and layout to each store.

The restaurant’s offerings, including the popular buffet, are unchanged.

Construction on the inside lasted about two and a half weeks. Steele estimated it’s been at least 15 years since the store was last renovated.

“The difference is pretty incredible, when you look at before and after,” he said.

Additionally, the restaurant's parking lot was resurfaced two months ago. Next up, workers will finish repainting the exterior, which will feature a mural including — of course — the Colonel.

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