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Flavor Flav and Vinny Cimino Partner to Open Fried Chicken and Pizza Joint

When flamboyant rapper Flavor Flav wanted to team up with pizzaiolo Vinny Cimino to start a new restaurant, Cimino said, “Yeah, boyyyyy!”

That’s how we picture it anyway.

Flavor Flav, one of the original members of the groundbreaking rap group Public Enemy, and Cimino, owner of Vinny’s Pizzeria in Boulder City, Nevada, will open “Flavor Flav’s Chicken and Vinny’s Pizza” in Henderson, Nevada, on Dec. 3, reports.

“We’re like brothers,” Cimino told the Las Vegas Sun back in August, when their plans were first announced. “We’ve always talked about opening a pizza and chicken joint when the time was right.”

Self-proclaimed "hype man" Flavor Flav first broke into the restaurant business in 2012 with three eateries: Flavor Flav’s Chicken & Ribs in Sterling Heights, Michigan; Flavor Flav’s Fried Chicken in Clinton, Iowa; and Flavor Flav’s House of Flavor in Las Vegas. The Iowa store closed down within four months, while House of Flavor survived just six months. The Michigan restaurant closed down in July 2013 after landlords claimed Flav and his partners had failed to pay $20,000 in back rent, according to Eater.

Despite hard times, a drug addiction problem and troubles with the police back in 2000, Flav bounced back in 2006 with a VH1 reality series called “Flavor of Love,” a spoof of “The Bachelor” in which scantily clad female contestants lived with the rapper in his mansion and vied for his affections, now and then coming to blows.

Although details about the menu haven’t been released, Eater says it will feature Flav’s secret recipe for fried chicken and selections from the Boulder City location of Vinny’s Pizzeria.