Yeah Boy! It’s Been 12 Years Since This Chicken Shop Opened In Eastern Iowa
12 years have passed since the city of Clinton had all eyes on it thanks to a man who wears a clock as a necklace. The grand opening of Flav's Fried Chicken in Clinton, IA took place 12 years ago but it seems like yesterday that Clinton was a circus surrounding the restaurant that only lasted for 4 months.
Now, the Facebook memories that pop up only remind the residents of Clinton, the people that worked there, and those who ate at the chicken shop that Flav's Fried Chicken is truly a Clinton joke and something that isn't missed.
There isn't too much that happens in Clinton, Iowa. Being born and raised in Clinton I definitely know that. When I went to college and people asked about my hometown, there is only a handful of things I can say about Clinton that makes it seem unique. The hometown of NFL running back David Johnson, the widest part of the Mississippi River, the hometown of Iowa Hawkeye and NFL star Duke Slater, and the birthplace of Flav's Fried Chicken.
On January 24, 2011, co-founder of the rap group Public Enemy, television star, and rapper William Jonathan Drayton Jr., better known as Flavor Flav, opened up the first of what was supposed to be many locations of Flav's Fried Chicken in Clinton, Iowa.
Flavor Flav partnered with Nick Cimino, who at the time owned Mama Cimino's, a pizza shop in Clinton. Cimino and Flav met through Cimino's brother Peter who owned the other Mama Cimino's in Las Vegas. Peter sold fried chicken using Flavor Flav's recipe and wanted to make a national franchise. That started to become a reality when they opened up the first chain in my hometown and Cimino's hometown of Clinton.
I had a few friends that worked at Flav's Fried Chicken in Clinton. Some weren't paid, weren't impressed with how to make the food, and really didn't like working there.
Even though I lived in Clinton at the time, I never once stepped foot in there. I had someone bring me chicken from there once while I was working at Fareway and I wasn't impressed.
I asked people on my personal Facebook to share pictures and a review if they could remember what it tasted like. Former B100 morning show hosts Redhot Brian Scott and Tony Tone said the food was good. Others agreed and said the food was good, others said: "the chicken was nasty."
Either way, Flav's Fried Chicken in Clinton didn't last long. After bounced checks, owner disputes, and awful business decisions, Flav's Fried Chicken closed its door in Clinton on April 24, 2011.
These are some of the pictures my friends shared with me.
Happy 12 years Flav's Fried Chicken!