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. Eduardo

    Flaves chicken is greasier than me. When I become a famous rapper I gonna open up a refried chicken place. Refried chicken with refried beans on the side. Dose anybodys knows wheres I cans gets some refinancing for this?

    January 25, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Eduardo

    Nada senor davesommers. God no bless him for because he do bad things ans he even is proud of his not being good.

    January 25, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. jman

    How the fkkkk do you guys turn comments about fried chicken story into some stupid religious war. Man there is so much hate in the world what kind of crap is this that you can't have a decent conversation about food without turning it into an argument about God.

    January 25, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. noname

    yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa booooooooooooyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    January 25, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • steeve-0

      Ha ha, COLE MEDINA! Rockin the beat til its limp!

      January 25, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Forest Gumo

    Flavor Flav is a real life version of Forest Gump. Except instead of shrimp it's fried chicken.

    January 25, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Karl Blessing

    As long as he's determine to keep the quality standards up, or least hire someone to do it for him, I say good luck to him, as much as I think the move seems so stereotypically cliche, but if it goes well, way more power to him. Also I think it's a brave move for him to be interacting with the customers as he says he would.

    January 25, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @jman...mind toning it down a notch. I'm eating.

    January 25, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. MPL

    "My chicken ain't no joke."
    Maybe, maybe not.
    But you are!

    January 25, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lucas Kanady

    THe "YEA BOYEEEE" Bucket!!!!


    January 25, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. Eduardo

    He picks the chickens becaus he already eats too many taco.

    January 25, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. noname

    yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    finger lickin good

    January 25, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Eduardo

    How mucho sterroid y hormone flava chicken gotty?

    January 25, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. Eduardo

    His clock it should say chicken time. Not so good as taco time but is ok.

    January 25, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. Eduardo

    Hes menu is berry funnies. por luncho special he gotty de who am you think it is suprize. Ans por dinner especial he gotty de wut up wid dat skeenless chckens on de stick. And he gots sides dishes likes de yugo girl curly hair frys ans de fuk old dude you ain't said sheet breads. ans por deserts he gotty de colic greens jellos and de nappy head cheeze snaks. Ans on de backs of de menus he gotty picture of big old fat blonds lady witha de stretchy marks and shes says to come eats my pie likes de flava flav. Eets even gotty de scratchy and sniffy next to hers taco. Thees man he become berry berry rich from thees, no?

    January 25, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. SATT


    January 25, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
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