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. Bensonhurst

    I like flavor flav as daddy warbutts in annie

    January 25, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Eduardo

    Hes sundays speciale is de Tigro Woods prepartione. He takey beeg bucket of de cheekins and throws theem agains de tree and beats a theem witha de golfo club por de textures but no can por deliver por dee truck it gotty windows smashy and de flats tires so por carry outs onlys.

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

    Ans it no too goody por hims to say Flavor flav chicken becausy it ees all chicken flavored chickens, no?

    January 25, 2011 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Eduardo

    ans not to be sures but I thinky Flava flav he getty hes chickens from de chicken mills. We gotty same a problemo in old Mejico only atta de hot dog standys

    January 25, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    Before people started bringing race into this, I thought this was a great idea. First thing, I would definitely eat there.
    Second thing, racists can twist in the wind for all I care, because good fried chicken is kick-@$$.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Eduardo

    Si, he gotty tres de flavor por de chickens. He gotty de not a fighting chcken yet flavors and he gotty de already fighting chicken flavors and hes supremo numero uno por flavore ees de senor Mickael Vick pitbull gotty de chicken flavors. To geet de specials discounts por de tres especiales jou gotty to drinky Jamaican beers and savey de bottle caps enuffy to spell token. me no gotty no idea por wut dees means.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rico bubu

    It's common knowledge the ONLY thing African American's eat is chicken and watermellon. The whole rumor about them eating ribs is FALSE! Ribs are way too expensive! I'm not being racist in the slightest, infact my president is African American.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Probably the funniest thing I've read on CNN ever.

      January 25, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eduardo

    Senor Chrees. So you gonna saye who win de race or no?

    January 25, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. Eduardo

    Senor Rico? So wheres are jou fromme?

    January 25, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Eduardo

    Ans Rico, jou are stupido. Ribs's is el cheapo azza de flavor flav chickens. Ans ins de north america dey only letty de US citizen to be primo presidente, nada de Africanns. In a de centro and el southo America is ok but notty de nort America.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Pointless1

    Chicken Shack in Detroit... hands down some serious bad @ss chicken..

    January 25, 2011 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. colgandoy

    eduardo te gusta pito?

    January 25, 2011 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. My

    I was wondering what my next road trip was going to be! Dallas to Iowa non-stop in spring. This will be interesting!!!

    January 25, 2011 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. colgandoy

    tienes mierda en la boca

    January 25, 2011 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. Eduardo

    So how mucho de flavor flav chickens to eats to become de African-American? Is notty de samo as a de American-African. Almosty but nada quite a de same things. Por ones of thems America she come firsty anda por de other ones they eaty de chicken ans Africa comes a firsty. Or maybes it is likey Rico saya it issa de ribs.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
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