News: Flavor Flav Says He's Doesn't Give A Cluck, Re-Enters Fried Chicken Biz

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 10:58PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Former Public Enemy member Flavor Flav is back for another shot at poultry success in Las Vegas after a past run resulted in bad business with an ex-associate.

According to reports, Flav is now launching his very own fried chicken and soul food takeout restaurant in Nevada.

The one-time member of the rap group Public Enemy is holding opening ceremony Thursday evening at Flavor Flav's House of Flavor, a few blocks southeast of downtown Las Vegas. It's the night before the 53rd birthday for the celebrity whose public persona is as big as the clock he wears on his chest. His real name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., and he's tried the chicken restaurant recipe before. A short-lived franchise dubbed Flav's Fried Chicken opened and closed last year in Clinton, Iowa. An announcement says the Las Vegas store isn't associated with the one in Iowa. (Washington Post)

This week, Flav spoke on his love for the culinary arts and his restaurant's theme.

"My secret (shhhh) fried chicken recipe. That's the star. But we have a red velvet waffle too, and everyone goes ohhhh when they hear that. Go on, you can say it," Flav said when asked about the menu. "My parents owned a soul food diner. It inspired me to go to culinary school. [Did I get a degree?] I sure did. 1978. Albertson, N.Y. ... [The restaurant theme?] Things showcasing my career, a lot of pictures up of me and my celebrity friends. I'll wait until we expand to put all my clocks on the wall." (Los Angeles Times)

Last year, the rapper-turned-reality star discussed his issues with a past fried chicken venture.

Flav tells TMZ he had his attorney pull the license yesterday. He tells us, "I had a licensing agreement with Nick Cimino and that's all we had. It was his business to run from there and the business was not run right." Flav also said the food was a problem too, telling us, "Let me be straight up with you, I went up inside there on April 2 and I found potato salad that expired on February 28. And it's then when I realized I can't do business with this man and I really hope no one ate those potatoes." Us too. The experience couldn't have been all bad -- Flav is set to open up "Flavor Flav's House of Flavor" in Las Vegas next month. (TMZ)

Prior to parting ways with the Iowa restaurant, disgruntled employees said they were not paid properly.

Workers at Flavor Flav's Chicken in Clinton, Iowa, are claiming that the rap star's paychecks are bouncing. Both Kelly Butler and Kim Kostka told Iowa's WQAD television that the restaurant's owner, Nick Cimino, owes them three weeks of pay after banks refused to accept their pay checks. "My check was only $150 and they couldn't even cash it," Butler told the station. Butler also said she was turned down at several banks before finally taking her case to Freedom bank, which holds the restaurant's account. But even they wouldn't accept the legendary hype man's check. Instead, they gave her a letter saying the funds weren't available, she told the station. (New York Daily News)

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