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How KFC's Colonel Sanders inspired Nobu co-founder

Drew Nieporent's Myriad Restaurant Group has opened about 40 restaurants around the world, including Tribeca Grill, which he created in 1990 with business partner Robert De Niro and  investors such as Bill Murray, Sean Penn and Mikhail Baryshnikov.  He opened Nobu New York with De Niro and chef  Nobu Matsuhisa in 1994.


NOBU co-founder Drew Nieporent was a student at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration in the mid-1970s when he got to meet Colonel Harland Sanders - the face of Kentucky Fried Chicken. 

"He came to lecture at Cornell and I found out he was staying at the Statler Hotel...