Flavor Flav opens fried chicken restaurant in Iowa
Flavor Flav is looking to "blow up your taste buds, man."
January 24th, 2011
09:31 PM ET

Flavor Flav opens fried chicken restaurant in Iowa

Look out, Colonel Sanders. Flavor Flav has a fried chicken restaurant, and he's coming for you - starting in a small Iowa city.

The Public Enemy rapper and reality TV star opened Flav's Fried Chicken in Clinton, Iowa, on Monday with a business partner he met through a connection in Las Vegas, the Clinton Herald reported.

"My chicken ain't no joke. I ain't scared to go up against the Colonel, tastewise," Flav said, referring to chicken giant KFC, in a YouTube video of him frying chicken at Monday's opening.

The sight of Flav cooking at his own restaurant apparently won't be a one-time thing. He told the newspaper he intends to work at the Clinton location now and then to help draw customers. (Good news for the fledgling operation: If his trademark attire is any indication, he should have no trouble arriving to work on time.)

"You're going to find me in here working. … You're going to catch me in here seasoning up my chicken, flouring up my chicken, frying up my chicken. And not only that, but coming out here and serving my chicken to people," he said.

The idea for the venture came after Flav befriended Las Vegas restaurateur Peter Cimino. Flav cooked Cimino some chicken, and Cimino, duly impressed, had Flav sell his chicken wings at Mama Cimino's Pizza in Las Vegas, the rapper told northern Illinois news site SaukValley.com.

It was Cimino's brother, Clinton restaurateur Nick Cimino, who suggested he and Flav open a fried chicken restaurant in the Iowa city of roughly 26,000 people.

"He said, 'You know what, Flav? … What I want to do, I want to build you your first restaurant.' I'm like, 'Are you serious?' He's like, 'Yo, I’m dead serious, man. I’m going to go home, I'm going to build your first FFC restaurant,'" he told SaukValley.com.

Nick Cimino bought a building next to his own restaurant and got it ready for Monday’s opening, the Clinton Herald reported last week.

Flav, a 51-year-old New York native, told the newspaper he's developed his own special fried chicken recipe over the years, having grown up in a family that owned a diner and having attended cooking school in the late 1970s.

His chicken has "that deep down southern fried chicken" taste, and also has "some crisp going on up in there," he said.

"The taste … will blow up your taste buds, man," Flav told the Clinton Herald in an interview posted on YouTube.

Flav, who starred in the VH1 reality series "The Surreal Life" and "Flavor of Love," said he'll consider opening more FFCs after getting this one under way.

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  1. Andrew

    Oh. My. God.

    When I die, I hope this is what Heaven will be like.

    January 24, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leon

      arrongance on determining if there is no God or Heaven lol

      January 25, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Gbird

      The irony of your statement Werdna is, of course, that the existance of God, or Gods can't be proven either way. That's actually the whole idea of faith. It is interesting that non-belivers can state emphatically that there is no God despite not being able to prove the statement. It doesn't seem any different to me than the people who feverently state not only that there is a God, but that they are sure they have been saved and are assured a place in heaven; with an equal lack of evidence. In the end you are both choosing what to believe with no conclusive evidence.

      January 25, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Werdna = andrew in reverse, clearly the same person. you just got trolled.

      January 25, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • neal kelley

      Why does this remind me of Undercover brother.... hahahahahhahahaahhaahahahahahahahahahaha

      January 25, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank

    If Flavor Flav can be as hyper critical about his chicken, as he is about future entertainment wanna bees, then just maybe his chicken restaurant will be a smash hit. But the moment he starts hanging little toy watches on chicken parts 'n crap, I'm done with this, and will go back to Churchs.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • EvoDevo

      It was either open a chicken place or pursue a career as copy editor: "My chicken ain't no joke. I ain't scared to go up against the Colonel, tastewise," Flav said

      January 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • neal kelley

      churches chicken is disgusting.. it is by far the nastiest chicken i have ever tasted.

      January 25, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. pappypoo

    If I were black I'd pop a cap in his viking helmet. The guy is a walking negative stereotype.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toocool

      HATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what do you mean if you were black white people pop caps too. that is soooooo white of you to say!!! and just an FYI people don't talk like that anymore.....

      January 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Hey man, it's my firm belief that most stereotypes are based on facts. Soul food is a staple of many black homes, and there's nothing wrong with the man liking fried chicken OR selling it. In fact.... Do you have something against fried chicken, dude?

      January 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |


      January 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • JAY

      if you were black you wouldnt do nothin... STOP IT PLEASE

      January 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |

      I don't get it , what's so stereotypical about a black man starting his own business? I hope this stereotype catches on as well as the fried chicken and watermelon stereotypes did.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jarrod

      Patrick: your firm belief is based on flimsy evidence. It must be difficult to wear a thinking cap and a pointy white hood at the same time..

      January 24, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Celebrities open restaurants and businesses every day. What is newsworthy about this clown opening a fried chicken restaurant? It is another Antoine Dodson-esque exploitive, stereotypical poor excuse for journalism.

      January 25, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard Allen

      wouldn't "popping a cap" in his viking helmet also be a negative stereotype?

      January 25, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • jl taylor

      My God, What does being black have to do with this story.

      January 25, 2011 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
    • freetime1

      He has shown he can do almost everything now. One challenge left for him now. Flavor Flav for president. Think about it.

      January 25, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • steeve-0

      didn't I tell you to leave Flavor Flav alone, knocker?

      January 25, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • neal kelley

      As an African American.. Flav has some serious issues to deal with. I don't care about him frying chicken. But have a bunch of children and not taking care of his responsibilities is one big problem i have. Also.. he needs to grow up and stop acting like a complete clown. I love P.E.... one of my favorite groups. But out side of P.E. flav has been an embarrassment.

      January 25, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Professor1

    I'm willing to give it a try. But not if you keep comparing it to Church's. Please.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BleepCensor

    Honestly Popeyes looks great until you sink your teeth into the chewy breading

    January 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    Chicken so good....It'll make you wanna slap yo momma!

    January 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Patrick

    For the record, Church's can't TOUCH Popeye's.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChoCho

      You mean those sumo-chickens they got???

      January 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Luce

    I won't knock it till I try it...

    January 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Patrick

    And for that matter, no fried chicken can ever touch my home made PAN friend chicken.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Texas

    Hahah this is hilarious. Represent Flavor.
    I met Flav in Vegas last time I was there. Flav was in the bowling alley. He was with a couple nerdy looking white dudes, I thought they were his managers or something.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ari

    Greatest idea ever! Will be visiting just for this. Can't want to get some of that flava

    January 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • steeve-0

      Flavor Flav is in everything you eat, CUZ EVERYTHING YOU EAT GOT FLAVA!

      January 25, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. starr25

    Good for u Fla...do your thing!

    January 24, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BleepCensor

    Hey Patrick: quiet. Most times I see blacks getting upset on tv is when watermelon and fried chicken are brought up. I remember the big stink when Fuzzy Zealor brought up fried chicken and watermelon when interviewed about Tiger woods and Tiger is mostly Thai and Native. People are forced to resign over stuff like that. So maybe people should make up their minds. Are we going to be ultra sensitive over every joke and let Flavor Flav get off scott free, or are we going to relax a bit and chuckle at stuff like this?

    January 24, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ???

      I keep thinking about Dave Chappelle's routine about chicken. He said, "All these years I thought I liked chicken because it was delicious. Turns out I'm genetically predisposed to liking chicken."

      January 25, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. pappypoo

    Thanks for clearing up the useless obsolete slang. Peel his wig back black enough for you tard? Pull out tha street sweeper and chop him down? Is that black enough for you? Racist clown! Go back to your video games and red bull

    January 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toocool

      first of all im not racist and second it sounds like you are, making the comment that you made. YOU NEED TO GROW UP.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bolaji09

    Chicken with a side of spit...

    January 24, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
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