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Colonel comes to town

Patna has never had it so good, finger licking good.

If you love the guilt-inducing extra cheese zinger burgers or dying to bite into the juicy chicken wings, hold your horses for a day. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has almost come to the town. The iconic chain of restaurants and fast food outlets would open its maiden hub in the city on November 29. This is the first one in the state.

“We are very happy to open our first outlet in Bihar,” said a senior KFC official, who did not wish to be named.

He added: “Bihar is a developing state but we did not face any problem in starting business here. The outlet is ready to be opened on November 29. KFC is a world-famous brand. I am sure we shall do good business in the state.”

Foodies are super excited with the prospective addition to culinary options in the city.

Pallaw Nandan, a Class XII student of DAV School, said: “I am excited to taste the famous KFC dishes. I have heard a lot about the delicious fried chicken.”

The teenager would have also heard that the special KFC recipe, which the founder of the chain, Colonel Harland Sanders, perfected in 1939, is a closely guarded secret. According to the KFC website, “Only a handful of people have ever known the full recipe. Some believe this group included Evel Kinevel, the rock band KISS and Dolly Parton. Sorry, not true. They all asked, but we held our tongues.”

The recipe is not only for good fried chicken but also good times.

“The new KFC outlet would be another hangout joint where we can spend time with our friends,” said Pallaw. “Earlier, there were no places to hang out in Patna. Now, there are quite a few.”

Youths have already begun to add words like “zinger” and “snacker” to their gastronomic vocabulary.

Yes, Patna has indeed never had it so good. The options for eating out have increased in leaps and bounds over the past year or two. Now, you can munch on pizzas at Dominos, savour oriental cuisine at Mainland China, enjoy kebabs from Lucknow at Tunday Kebabi, and gulp down snack at Nirula’s.

But for the latest American addition to the list, the residents have only one man to thank: Regent owner Suman Kumar Sinha, who has been lobbying for the past 16 months with the KFC India management to open an outlet in the city.

“I had to struggle a lot to get this. When the KFC management contacted me, I was only too happy to provide them with space,” he said.

The cinema had to sacrifice 46 seats to accommodate the outlet. Regent would now have only 656 seats. But that does not seem to concern Sinha at all. He is only too happy to entertain his patrons. “My cinema has been entertaining the city residents for the past 85 years. But we are still giving tough competition to others. Now cine buffs would be able to enjoy their favourite KFC dishes (see graphic) with the movies,” said the cinema owner.

The prospect is only too delightful for the citizens. East Lohanipur resident Nilank Aman said: “My friends in New Delhi and Mumbai always talk about enjoying KFC food. Now, I shall be able to do the same. I shall buy a chicken bucket and call my friends in other cities to tell them that even Patna has a KFC.”

Unlike patrons in other cities, Aman would not be able to order food from home just yet. The service would start three months later.

Till then, foodies would have to go down to the outlet to enjoy the hospitality.