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. Mr. Bones

    I'll bet Chuck D is just loving this.

    Public Enemy? Kinda hard to be that when you're hawking fried chicken.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ksherrie

    there is not a church's in clinton

    January 24, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    How rediculous. Turning a disgustingly immoral lifestyle into a chicken dish. What next.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • GenericCereal

      You got something stuck in there, and you might want to pull it out before it gets infected.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |

    lambert's in springfield has the best fried chicken and catfish..

    also stourd's in kansascity is awesome too...

    i'm going to gas up the camaro and put my three-wolves t-shirt on and head up to flav's chicken spot. i just hope he has strawberry soda to go with it.. im going to be mad if he only has orange-drink on tap..

    do i get a discount if i wear a public enemy shirt in the flav-store?

    January 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. greg

    what street is it on? I want to try it. i"m coming from a near-by town.Tried to mapquest it and couldn't find it.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    Asians eat way more chickens then blacks and to be honest since when did eating a food group become a race thing. I see whites eat watermelon and chicken alot. Upgrade your racism. It's 2011. geez....

    January 24, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • SHAY

      FOR REAL........

      January 24, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      you're quite stupid...certain foods ARE ethnically identifiable..fried chicken, blackeyed peas, collard greens (black), insects on a stick and tiger balls (chinese), whale blubber (inuit), guinea pig (peruvian), etc...pick up a book, take a trip and maybe you will learn a thing or two...probably the first thing or two you will ever learn judging from your post.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      Chris is right. Basically, this is just good old fashioned Southern cuisine right here (which was influenced by many cultures [french, spanish, native american, african american, german, etc], which is why it's such rich and hearty food in general) . Thing is, when a huge portion of the southern black population left the south in search of a better life in other parts of the u.s. (namely during the underground railroad and jim crow days), one of the many wonderful customs they took with them was that of our wonderful southern gastronomic traditions to various parts of this country because a lot of stuff out there was quite bland in comparison to what they were used to eating in the south. Can you blame them, though. It's too late now...they (generations of them) already know what really good food tastes like; they can't just quit cold-turkey and switch over to chowder and boiled dinner just because they may have moved to New England. Like any group of people with a good sense and appreciation of heritage, they're going to keep the traditions they're ancestors took with them generations ago alive.

      January 25, 2011 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
    • PLEASE!

      Anybody who thinks fried chicken, black eyed peas, and watermelon are a "black thing" didn't grow up in the south. Everybody knows you're supposed to eat black eyed peas on New Year's for good luck. Watermelon is a favorite summertime food. And who doesn't like fried chicken?

      January 25, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. 9 1 1 is a joke (how ironic - I meant the song)

    A: Flava Flav will change his mind about entrepreneurship once the Obamacare regulations start kicking in.

    B: That has got to be the ugliest man alive.

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

    "Some crisp going on up in there." ....... um yeah.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. greg

    what street is it on

    January 24, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sydney

      Its right next to KFC on 2nd street I believe, it's crazy that Flav is here in Clinton!

      January 24, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. PhatBecky

    I've always wanted to ask Flava Flav, "Pardon me. But do you have the time?" I wonder if he'll be wearing his clock.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • What?

      Yeah, I'm sure he's NEVER heard that before.

      January 25, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |

    i'm still in shock.. this is going to be the best chicken ever..

    January 24, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Splovengates

    Yeah! Boy!

    January 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |

    the only way this new could ever be topped is if he opened a second store in colorado and made it a chicken / medical weed place.. if that ever happen i would just die of happiness.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joe in Colorado

    I'd try it if he offered organic, free-range, locally-sourced chicken. It's probably pretty tasty– however, there is more to food than "taste".

    January 24, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jimmy

    I can't write a Saturday Night Live skit that can match this. Do these guys have any idea that they look like idiots? What the heck is with the giant clock on the chest and hat turned sideways? I wish it would have been a healthy garden salad restaurant or a sushi joint or fresh fruit stand just to dispel the stereotypes. But I guess unfortunately stereotypes are there for a reason.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
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