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.

Post by:
Filed under: Celebrity • Food • Iowa • Music • Showbiz
soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Competing with KFC in flavor is kind of like competing with "Flavor of Love" for a Best Drama Emmy Award.

    January 25, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. 4shizzle

    Clinton, Iowa?? Any black people over there?

    January 25, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Perryboy

      If the white people in this small town go for FFC, we're sure the blacks and browns will eat it

      January 25, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • broovy

      not many

      January 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara N, James

      Yes, there are a few, we black folk aren't the only people who enjoy eating fried chicken!

      January 29, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Colin

    oh now i gotta try this...

    January 25, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff

    He should replace the clock that he wears with a punch clock for his Employ-eeeeeeeeeesss... Yah-Boy!

    January 25, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. jimmy

    Good idea, good name for a restaurant...but Iowa. How 'bout LA where you've got some fans. Not sure Iowans are down w/ the cop-killing melodies of Public Enemy...but hey, maybe now Kevin Costner can open that sushi place in Compton.

    January 25, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Carla

      I'm from Iowa. You would be suprised by what Iowans are into.

      January 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • hifive05

      i am from iowa as well and i have been to la as well and i think that iowans are a bit craizier than those la'ers. they have lots of time on their hands so they have plenty of time to listen to PE and lots of other things. There you go being a stereotypical jerk, assuming that all ppl from the midwest listen to country and have no lives outside of the farm. I would have you know that Iowa is a pretty happening place. Maybe not for Paris Hilton but for the average american, it is a great place to live.

      February 16, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • tim

      as a nebraskan in close proximity to iowa i deeply regret your statement. if you came out here to party you could not keep up with us.

      February 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pete

    He should get Billy Dee Williams to do commercials for his new business.

    January 25, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • JT

      Nice! I got a good laugh out of that line!

      January 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BD Saint

    Good for Flav and great that someone is opening a new business in this economy. Really tired of the sterotype comments. What is wrong with him opening his on restaurant? I would think that opening a minority owned business is a good thing.

    January 25, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • hifive05

      i highly doubt that black people are hardly counted as minorities now. I would call whites more of a minority now...

      February 16, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. james Griffin

    You go Flav.. They looked at Harlan Sanders when he first established KFC, Little did they know, that he was the cook that established Wendy's.

    January 25, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Ummmmyeah

      Please check your facts on the colonel before posting. It was the founder of Wendy's, Dave Thomas, that used to own a KFC Franchise before opening Wendy's – named for his daughter. Colonel Harlan Sanders was his boss then and didn't have anything to do with Wendy's – except he probably ate there a time or two.

      January 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. George

    To succeed in life, do what you know and do what you love. Anybody that has a problem with this guy and his new business is the one with the real problems.

    January 25, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    Ok, I'm not a big fan of the Flave, but you gotta give him credit for doing something of merit and being productive instead of just being his usual worthless annoying self. Cooking school ? Honestly, I'm impressed. Way to go, good good role model, for a change. He is a stereotype one way or another? But I'd rather see him cooking chicken than that how he portrays himself at all other times. Do the math yourself on that one.

    January 25, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jerry


    January 25, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Racism? If you want racism go to an all-black church this sunday, then go to an all-white church down the street next. Sure, they are both the same religion. It's just their coloring that makes them seperate and distinct. Both praise the same Lord, the Lord who does not distinguish colors. This is racism at it's finest.

    January 25, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • DumbChuck

      Phillip, not to be confrontational, but I disagree with your premise. I believe most people go to a particular church of their choosing because they're comfortable there, not because they're promoting racial hatred or prejudice against any particular group. I go to an overwhelmingly black church and I've not heard one person ever say that they're going there to get away from some other race of people. Sure, people do and will always seperate themselves along cultural lines and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. It's called being comfortable, not racist. Racism is when one group of people tries to hold back another group of people because of skin color. No one is forcing or preventing anyone from going to a church of their choosing. Some whites go to my church and have just as much right to be there as I do. As a youngster, my parents and I attended a predominately white church and no one ever tried to prevent us from going. You got it wrong!

      January 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. POD

    Why is this 'news'.....This is 'advertising'.....or 'marketing'

    January 25, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Brasil1958

    Maybe he can get ex Brigitte Nielsson to don a skimpy smok and serve tables. She is out of celebrity rehab isn't she?

    January 25, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. Justin

    Yeeeaaaaahhhh Booyeeee!

    January 25, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13