Mosman KFC – it’s been closed since 2004, presumably because it was on Military Road and wasn’t a boutique fashion outlet. I think Mosman Council must have some kind of cull every now and then of shops that aren’t conforming to the Mosman style; prior to the 1950s, this site was a grand old house belonging to Mosman G.P. Dr. Geoffrey Mutton, complete with tennis court out the back. The tennis court is now the block of units at the top right of the picture, and here on Military Road we have the Colonel, now awaiting oblivion/development.
You can tell this outlet is old because it doesn’t feature or allow for a drive-thru system, and apparently it also acted as a car dealership at some point. It’s notable in the illustrious history of KFC as being the recipient of a visit from Colonel Sanders himself in 1976:
Put some gloves on, Colonel.
I am ALL FOR any outlets that DON’T offer drive thrus! Maybe smarter people eat inside!
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When KFC first opened in Sydney from 1968, the Cremorne store was originally in the Cremorne Centre, the ’60s-looking shopping centre with the metal handrail verandah, staircase and open area, a few doors down from the Orpheum. They must have moved to this site a few years later. I ate at that Mosman KFC many times in the ’90s when I worked over that way. The site, on the corner of Military Rd and Cowles Rd, has since been bulldozed and redeveloped as an apartment block.
KFC’s 1969 branches (according to a period ad) were:
Artarmon: 436 Pacific Hwy. Still there in totally new building
Carlingford: Cnr Carlingford & Pennant Hills Rd. Now Carlingford Court, with a new KFC
Cremorne: Cremorne Centre, Military Rd. Now gone
Dulwich Hill: 500 New Canterbury Rd. Still there in totally new building
Guildford: 274 Woodville Rd. The first one. Now gone. KFC now at 163 Woodville Rd Granville
Kings Cross: 28 Darlinghurst Rd. Gone. Now the Bourbon restaurant/night club
Manly: 28 The Corso. Gone. Shop front now a restaurant.
Pagewood: 279 Bunnerong Rd.Still there in totally new building
Pennant Hills: 357 Pennant Hills Rd. Still there in totally new building