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. Robert H.

    As an African American, it hurts to see some of the results of the civil rights movement. I guess we all have the freedom to be whatever we want, crazy or not.

    January 25, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |

    Really Flav? Fried chicken, just when we take two steps forward with the first black president, you want to fry chicken. Can't knock your hustle though. Good luck.

    January 25, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • What?

      He's a black man who's an entepreneur. How is that a step backward?

      January 25, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Welshy

      Unfortunately, it will only stop being a stereotype when people stop looking at it as a stereotype. This story should be about nothing more than a celebrity trying his hand at the restaurant business. The only racial issue comes from the small-minded idiots who make it one.

      January 25, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      I didn't realize anyone had taken any steps forward with a black president?

      January 25, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Alex

    he gets his clock-necklace stuck in the fryer...

    osha violation or darwin award?

    January 25, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. tomm

    I waited probably close to an hour and a half to try this chicken today. It was good and Flav was a nice guy to meet. He was smiling to every customer he met. I hope he does well with this

    January 25, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lost

    He, should lose the clock, or just pare it down to a simple wrist watch.

    January 25, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    I love FF from the early days but seriously dude...lose the clock already. We all know you know what time it is.

    January 25, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tyhouston

    I just don't want that man touching my chickin.

    January 25, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    Way to go against the stereoype.

    January 25, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • What?

      White people eat fried chicken, too. Ever see COL Sanders? White man, white suit. If you think fried chicken is a stereotype, maybe you are the one with the problem.

      January 25, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @Gbird...Faith is the assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld. True faith requires evidence to be demonstrated. Believers use man's ability to love and plan for a distant future as evidence that we aren't just another animal. Science teaches us that anything is possible until proven otherwise. Science cannot disprove creation, even though for decades science has taken our funding and tried doing just that. How could anyone put faith in God without even understanding the source of this idea, the bible? Faith in God without even knowing his word is 'blind faith'. The same kind of faith people place in science, even though science cannot disprove creation, they believe.

    January 25, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cold Lampin

    Flav. Never met a horrible post-PE career move he didn't love.

    January 25, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. fattie mcfat

    Who is this "Flava Flav" and why is he on CNN. Is this a big deal?

    Anyway, good on him for working in the restraunt like any other employee. Better than some stupid, rich retired rapper who thinks he can just throw money at whatever he wants.

    January 25, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Skree

      I doubt Flav is rich, he squandered all his money on beer, crack and other b.s. I wouldn't eat his chicken either. He doesn't look clean. I bet health department shuts this down within the year.

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

    He just built this so he can play catch with his dead father.

    January 25, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. onequestionaday

    What do you think of Flavor Flav onequestionaday With Pete Moss

    January 25, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. davesommers

    Hey. Flave, wonder if you would consider frozen fried chicken. There isn't a whole lot of selection out there. Banquet's fried chicken sucks. Also, I've always wanted to buy a box of frozen fried chicken legs, but can't find them in the grocery store. The thing is, that would require a huge processing plant just to get started. Oh well, good luck on your new venture, bud!

    January 25, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. davesommers

    By the way, there are a bunch of idiots on this post. Screw the stereotypes, Flave! You do what you want to do and God bless ya!

    January 25, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
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