Flav's Fried Chicken

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Flav's Fried Chicken
Flav's Fried Chicken Sign.png
Flav's Fried Chicken Sign
Restaurant information
Established January 2011
Closed April 2011
Food type Fried chicken, Soul food
Street address 916 N Second St
City Clinton
State Iowa

Flav’s Fried Chicken (FFC) was a fried chicken restaurant in Clinton, Iowa cofounded by American hype man Flavor Flav in January 2011. The restaurant closed in April 2011.


Flavor Flav partnered with Nick Cimino to open Flav's Fried Chicken in Cimino's hometown of Clinton, Iowa. Flav met Cimino through his brother Peter, who runs Mama Cimino's in Las Vegas. After enjoying the rapper's homemade fried chicken, Peter Cimino began selling chicken wings using Flav's recipe.[1]

The founders hoped that Flav's Fried Chicken would be the first of a national restaurant franchise; like KFC, it used a secret recipe.[2]


Flav’s Fried Chicken closed on Sunday, April 24, 2011.[3] The circumstances behind the closing of the restaurant are disputed, with both Flav and Cimino attributing blame to each other.[3]

Flav said he found potato salad expired during a trip to the restaurant. Cimino and employees denied those claims.[3] Flav said he was pulling his name from FFC, because Cimino “mismanaged” the place and gave Flav a “bad reputation.”[3]

Cimino stated that Flav "came here and didn’t know anything about the restaurant business.”[3] Flav said he was shutting the doors because “Cimino isn’t running the business right,” and employees were not getting paid.[3] Cimino said a mistake happened with a credit card machine and claimed all wages had since been paid,[3] although Cimino has a history of not paying employees.[citation needed]

Cimino said that the restaurant was pulling in enough profit, and the financial situation was not a reason to close.[3] Cimino claimed that Flav didn’t provide cash to the operation.[3] He also alleged a lack of restaurant ownership knowledge, drug use and absenteeism on the part of Flav.[3] Cimino cited other instances, like Flav's allegedly costing the business $14,000 by wanting to change the oil every hour, were reasons to shut down FFC.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Levine, Scott (January 21, 2011). "Reality TV star takes chance on Clinton". Clinton Herald. Clinton, Iowa. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ Fassler, Joe (January 27, 2011). "Flavor Flav vs. KFC: A Dispatch From Flav's Fried Chicken". The Atlantic. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Levine, Scott (April 25, 2011). "Flav's Fried Chicken closes". Clinton Herald. Clinton, Iowa. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 

Coordinates: 41°51′14″N 90°11′11″W / 41.8538°N 90.1865°W / 41.8538; -90.1865