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. Albert

    I'd be more impressed to read he's financially supporting all the kids he made.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Xanatos

    People, listen to yourselves. Churches, KFC, Popeyes and other smaller lesser known fried chicken places are owned by white folks. The minute a black person throws his or her hat into the arena there's all types of negative connotations attached to it just because the person is black. So what I am hearing is that it's ok for a white owned fried chicken franchise to make money off of everyone, every race & ethnicity, BUT when a black person does it, it's promoting a black stereotype of black folks love for fried chicken. So does that mean that KFC is supported solely by black folks? Move on people!!!!

    January 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      I agree with you very much let the man do his things white folks will eat anything a black person cook who do you think fed them all those year when they couldn't cook and still can't cook white folks love fast food places. He will do well and open more fried chicken restaurants why not?

      February 20, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Amy

    Sounds good. I'd try it.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. broovy

    I live a half hour from Clinton and just found out about this today...can't wait to go try it!

    January 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Agent_C

    Of all places, why Iowa???

    January 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa Hampton

      Why not Iowa? I am glad he thought outside of the box and not opened it up in Brooklyn or some other city. Fried chicken is not just for black folks. Its for everybody.

      January 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Harry

    This is so "Undercover Brother"... Wheres the orange Drink

    January 25, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Laura


    January 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    watch out KFC, FFC is going to take over the fried chicken industry.

    January 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoVA Dave

      Well we should know the answer to this real soon, he opened FFC right next door to a KFC.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bellabeans

    Iowa??????????? You kiddin' me?

    January 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dameholly

    Judging by some of the comments on this board, most of you have Iowa confused with the South, we are not a red state, we are better educated,healthier much,much more progressive than those rednecks!

    January 25, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dameholly

    What do all of you have against Iowa? It's better than the ignorant,uneducated FAT South!

    January 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jo

    It's not like all these other famous people who just slap there name on something and throw a little money at it. He's putting himself, and his heart, behind it. And he does have a knowledgeable background. I wish him luck. I'm a total KFC, but should it show up around here (Boston) I'll give it a try. Besides, ANYTHING'S better than "Flavor of Love." Brrr.

    January 25, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Eh?

    Was the name 'Chickenheads' already taken?

    January 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Roland

    This story is on the "front page" of CNN.com . Let's think about this for a moment. There are people at CNN that decided this was a top US news story. ...and those people actually get paid ...real money!

    January 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • billy5521

      Welcome to media 101...If its gets all of us knuckleheads to read it, they've done their job. Think about that the next time you hear a political commentator make a "controversial" remark. Ratings, ratings, ratings!

      January 25, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ATLdoogie

    While you're clogging your arteries and torturing chickens Flav, don't forget the after dinner Newports.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
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