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KFC Japan Route 25: Chicken and whiskey on tap

Located in Tokyo, the three-story restaurant opened Wednesday and is the company's first location to include a bar.

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Customers in Tokyo lined up this week for a chance to get into Route 25, the new restaurant by KFC Japan that features a fully-stocked whiskey bar. (KFC/Courtesy)

Want some booze with your bucket of chicken? KFC Japan is one step ahead of you, opening a new location in Tokyo with a fully-stocked whiskey bar.

The three-story Route 25 restaurant opened Wednesday and is the company's first location to include a bar. The first two floors eature an original KFC while the top floor functions as a bar after 5 p.m., according to ABC News.

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The bar's name is derived from U.S. Route 25, the highway that passes in front of the original Sanders Cafe in Kentucky. On its website, KFC Japan explains it wanted to create an atmosphere reminiscent of “Good ‘ol America,” where customers can relax and enjoy Sanders’ Original Recipe in a new style.

The Route 25 food menu features a number of original dishes, including tomato spaghetti with fried eggplant and a six-cheese pizza drizzled with maple syrup, as well as a few standard KFC items and desserts like tiramisu and cream puffs.

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The drink menu features a variety of typical bar options like tequila, rum and vodka. Specialty cocktails include the Early Times High Ball or Mint Sparkle, which gives nod to the Mint Julep and the restaurant's Kentucky origins, according to ABC.

KFC Japan said it plans to limit the stores to shopping and entertainment districts in Tokyo because of their young customer base.

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