Take one part former rap hype man and alum of “The Surreal Life,” one part obscure town in Middle America, add two parts secret recipe for fried chicken, and what do you get? Reality, which has now become more awesome louder stranger than fiction.
Flavor Flav has opened the first of what he hopes will be “hundreds” of Flav’s Fried Chicken restaurants in, of all places, Clinton, Iowa.
No, really. But wait, it gets better.
“I don’t want to be just known to have a spot. You’re going to find me in here working. You’re going to be catching me seasoning my chicken, flouring my chicken, frying up my chicken, and not only that, but serving my chicken to my people.”
Please keep in mind that FLAVA FLAAAAAAV from Long Island. The connection to Clinton is via Peter Cimino, a restaurateur that owns a local restaurant that began serving Flavor Flav’s hot wings.
“Nick sees me frying the chicken and says ‘I’m going back to my town and I’m going to build us a restaurant, the first FFC restaurant.’ I said, ‘Huh, are you serious?'”
Lest anyone forget that this is Flav’s Fried Chicken, Nick Cimino, brother of Peter, reportedly hired local artists to plaster Flav’s image everywhere in the restaurant, but the hip-hop star doesn’t want to compete based on his celebrity alone. To him, it’s all about the chicken:
“The taste will blow up your taste buds. You’ll have fireworks in there.”
It’s the quotes that keep us coming back. Well, those and hopefully kids meal prizes of viking helmets and over-sized clock pendants.