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Flava Flav Opens Up 'Flav's Fried Chicken' In Iowa And Has A Message For KFC: ''Im About To Catch Up To The Colonel'' (VIDEOS)

CLINTON — Area residents have officially set their taste buds to a new flavor.

Equipped with his trademark clock, Public Enemy group member and reality TV star Flavor Flav joined citizens, city officials and media for Flav’s Fried Chicken’s grand opening ceremony Monday.

Once the event completed, the restaurant opened at 4 p.m. and people lined up outside the building for hours to taste Flav’s fried-chicken recipe. Flav, who has been in Clinton since Thursday, said this experience is overwhelming.

“I just want to bring something good to your neighborhood,”
Flav said to the crowd during the ribbon cutting. “I feel that this could be a good entity to the neighborhood.


“Plus, I’m trying to start a franchise, so this is the beginning of it. And I just want to say that you guys are a part of it.”

After meeting with several Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and other city leaders, Flav joined co-owner Nick Cimino and his family to cut the ribbon, starting the inaugural FFC.

Clinton Mayor Rodger Holm said the restaurant’s opening is good news for the city.

“My first thought was to reality TV,”
Holm said when he first heard that FFC would land in Clinton. “But I didn’t realize he had a chicken place. Anything positive that happens to the city is for the better, and this gives Clinton a positive image.”


Chamber President Julie Allesee shared in Holm’s excitement, and as a first-time restaurant owner, Flav might have a few more resources than other people who start up businesses, Allesee said.

“(Flav) comes in with a better cash flow than others,”
Allesee said. “However, putting a business plan together for the first time is a lot of work. You have to be there and provide good service.”


The idea for FFC started with the Cimino family, and Flav made sure to thank the entire crew, especially Nick and his mother, Dominica Cimino, better known as Mama Cimino.

FFC took shape at Mama Cimino’s in Last Vegas, after Flav started selling 99-cent wings at the restaurant. Once Nick saw what Flav was doing, he bought a building, 916 N. Second St., which is next door to Clinton’s Mama Cimino’s, and completed most of the renovations.

“All of this wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for (Dominica),”
Flav said . “If she didn’t bring (Nick) into the world, none of this would have happened. So Mama, your womb was blessed with the best.”


Dominica said Flav has become part of the Cimino family.

“He’s one of my boys,”
Dominica said. “He’s really friendly with everybody. He’s down to earth and treats people nice. That’s what I like about him.”


Flav completed the ceremony by entering the kitchen and showcasing his culinary skills. Flav owns a culinary degree and has past cooking experience.

Once finished with the cooking, Flav grabbed a pair of tongs and handed out his restaurant’s staple, fried chicken, to the customers, while also throwing out a few jabs to Kentucky Fried Chicken, which is housed next door.

“I’m not scared to go against the colonel taste wise,” Flav said about KFC’s notable figurine. “Business wise, he’s got me, because he’s been here longer. But I’m about to catch up to the colonel.”

Clinton Herald


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Comment by Janice Parker on January 29, 2011 at 2:47am
They say "God Takes Care Of Babies And Fools"...some people are Blessed to be successful and Flav is one of them.  The hard part is to sustain that succees.  I wish Flav all the Best to sustain his success...One thing though Flav... put on some GLOVES when you serve up your food so you don't get fined!
Comment by Joe Black / Splifferman on January 27, 2011 at 1:51pm
FLAVA FLAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV!!
Comment by caribbeanrose on January 27, 2011 at 5:41am

Chicken looks good. I am a hugh fan of Flava Flav. I wish him all the best

Comment by mary on January 26, 2011 at 7:26pm
MMMM THAT CHICKEN LOOKS GOOD , ALOT OF RAPPERS ARE OPENING UP CHICKEN PLACES . I WISH I COULD GO THERE AND EAT AND MEET HIM .
Comment by Bombahdrop on January 26, 2011 at 6:58pm
Good for you flavor flav he is a kool guy for real i met him once on Jamaica Ave. he was so short and plain he blended right in, except you knew it was flav lol
Comment by Keisha Brown on January 26, 2011 at 6:23pm
I knew him personally as a kid in New York my cousins hung out with him and other entertainers...and knowing how he's brought himself back from his hard times in Harlem on drugs, anything that is better off than that is great. He has alot of children to feed...so much blessings and well wishes
Comment by craig scott on January 26, 2011 at 4:15pm
Get your hustle on flav and if all fails atleast you will have some chicken to feed all your kids lmao
Comment by FETENET.COM on January 26, 2011 at 1:21pm
Do Your Thing Flava!!

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