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

    Es nada too muchy trabajo to ringy de chickens necky. Anda usea de heads por to make a de extras crispys skins. It is berry difficults if a de chickens is frozens and so microwaves.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. jason

    hahaha pappypoo is exactly that ..full of cr@p or in this case poo. From where i sit reading this it would seem the racist is redneck pappy over there. Throwing out all the stereotpypical lingo and thats exactly why it's always changing because some moron is always out there trying to act like he knows how to speak it or mocking it to degrade and being a hater.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Eduardo

    A roadsy trips from Dallas to Iowa por to eaty de flavor flav? Save a de gasso and coma to Juarez. We no gotty el Tigro Woodsy butta we gotta some cactus anda some desert and a tunnel and a . No, we no gotty de tunnel. Is was a typo.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. nor'easter

    Good for him. Most untalented hip-hop cretins just blow all of their money. Flav however continues to milk his fame. Not bad for a guy who's only contribution to the world has been yelling "aw yeah" and "flavour flav" at opportune moments.
    Sure, Western Civilisation may be dead, but at least we'll get to try some new fried chicken.

    January 25, 2011 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. colgandoy

    si pito en su tunnel

    January 25, 2011 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Eduardo

    Senor Jason, ans I always thinky they change a de lingo because they forgetty.So you saya de lingo is a change just to be a change? Nada por de style? Nada por to seem more differntiate thana need to be? Nada likey smalls childrens anda secret lingo? Are jou tshure?

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

    Senor wind blower from a de northeast. we are livings in a de western hemisphere, so no, western civilization os notta how you thinky with a you pinky brain. Ans how you knows how mucho dinero flava flav getty? Maybes he hocks it everythingy to opens chicky cafe.

    January 25, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eduardo

    Adios Amigos! Me gotty worky earlys. Me ans my compadres worky por NASA glueing de heat sink tiles to de space shuttle again this year. We gotty tired of worky por the US gobernment remodeling de federal building in Miami anyways Jou have a funny time eaty de greesy chickens!

    January 25, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mi Gente

    Adios Eduardo

    January 25, 2011 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chupa La Puupa

    haba shick-Ken mang

    January 25, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. lefty

    Eduardo me distes un dolor de cabeza muy grande!! Please learn the English language before you try to post nonsense comments!!

    January 25, 2011 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. MPL

    Just when I thought it was "Hammer Time", he comes down the pike.
    I'm so confused.
    Let's sort this out...(or at least try to)
    M.C.Hammer...rap artist, turned preacher, turned rap artist.
    Flavor Flav...rap artist,turned chicken fryer.
    Vanilla Ice...rap artist, turned father?
    If we put all three together, would we have an ounce of talent, or just shepard's, with the flock following?

    January 25, 2011 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. allen

    I'll say this much- He went from a hardnose, pro Nation of Islam & black power defined major influential rap group...to serving people fried chicken. Are you kidding me??? Chuck D must be losing his mind.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. bones1918

    Who cares what kind of restaurant he opened? The point is: a black man started a small business in a small town that could probably use an economic driver, probably needs jobs and could stand to attract business from other towns. If more black Americans caught the entrepreneurial spirit that made this nation great we'd all be better off. Good for you FF. Maybe all the young men that aspire to get rap deals will aspire to start small businesses.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
    • nepawoods

      The notion that this is an "economic driver" is why this country is heading towards third world. He's opening a fried chicken shack, not a damn steel mill.

      January 25, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
    • bones1918

      nepawoods- More Americans are employed by small businesses right now than are involved in any other single sector of the economy (other than being employed by the state of federal government) According to the SBA, there are roughly 24,000,000 small businesses that have employees other than the owner and are responsible for more than half of the non-farm GDP of this country. They are responsible for 80% of all new job growth. of these 24,000,000, only 1.12 million small businesses are black-owned.
      At a time when unemployment hovers around 10% nationwide, I'd be pretty happy if more African Americans owned, as you put it, "chicken shacks".

      January 25, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. MPL

    Most times I see blacks getting upset on tv is when watermelon and fried chicken are brought up.

    I think the Colonel and Gallagher are in on this!

    January 25, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
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