Jim McKenzie’s grandfather started with one restaurant as a second career after retiring from his primary career. He had heard about the Kentucky Fried Chicken concept and thought it sounded interesting. He opened a restaurant –– and even met the Colonel –– but sadly passed away at his restaurant kitchen while he was working one day. McKenzie’s mother stepped in and used the business as a way to finance her children’s college educations. She operated three restaurants in Lafayette, Indiana, until retiring in the mid-2000s.