DETROIT (CBS Detroit) When your moniker is Flavor Flav, you can do three things: perform rap songs, star on reality TV, or start a restaurant. After tackling the first two, one of rap’s biggest old-school stars is going for the third.
Flavor Flav’s Chicken & Ribs is coming to metro Detroit with a grand opening scheduled for December 16, according to the chain’s Facebook page. Flavor Flav’s, described on Twitter as “a quick serve dining experience with 5 star quality” will be located at 8200 15 Mile Road, Sterling Heights.
“Flavor Flav’s Chicken & Ribs would like to congratulate all of our new employees that attended employee orientation over the weekend,” the Facebook page says. “We had a great day meeting everyone and preparing for our Grand Opening in 2 weeks.
“There is no question we have the best staff in Metro Detroit, and with hard work and dedication we will all succeed in every way possible.”
Flavor Flav opened his first restaurants in Clinton, Iowa, and then Las Vegas, with a signature array of fried chicken, biscuits, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, and cole slaw — and both closed within six months.
The rapper promoted his Las Vegas outpost this summer in an unusual way, jumping onto the intercom of a flight he was on and telling visitors to stop in, according to celeb-watching website TMZ.
“Hey yo check this out, also, just to let y’all know I do have a restaurant, it’s called Flavor Flav’s House of Flavors…it’s a takeout restaurant. We got fried chicken, collard greens, potato salad, coleslaw, and red velvet waffles, yeah G. We be getting it in,” he said, per audio on Eater. “Check this out, though, I just want to say good luck to everybody with your life, your future, your goals.” And, you know, hopefully your future has some fried chicken in it.”
So, will he succeed in metro Detroit? Only time will tell, like a giant clock ticking on, say, a necklace.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reviewed the first restaurant and found it somewhat lacking, writing the chicken and shrimp-focused restaurant was out of shrimp when they visited and the chicken had no flavor.
“Our meals also came with cups of Tabasco-esque hot sauce, so maybe that’s supposed to be the source of the flavor, but if so, somebody doesn’t get it,” the review said.