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Reality star and rapper Flavor Flav is opening up a new restaurant in Metro Detroit.

Flavor Flav, born William Drayton Jr., made a name for himself as the quirky rapper in the group Public Enemy. He found love on VH1’s reality show “Flavor of Love”, and now he’s making chicken. The new restaurant opens up in Sterling Heights next month.

“He will be here a lot throughout the restaurant opening and regular business hours as well,” said Gino Harmon of his partner who is in Las Vegas at the moment.

Gino Harmon and his cousin Salvatore Bitonti are the developers backing the restaurant called “Flavor Flav’s Chicken and Ribs”. The twenty-somethings own Forza Development in Shelby Township.

“We just want to start giving back to Michigan. We were born and raised here so why not start bringing jobs back to Michigan,” said Harmon.

“This just needs something new to put a focus on this area. And it’d be really exciting to see all the people crowded around here,” said Salvatore Bitonti, co-owner of Forza Development.

The restaurant is located at 15 Mile Rd and Van Dyke it sits across from the MJR Theatre and is kitty corner to the Chrysler Plant. It will have signage soon and is described as an upscale fast food chicken and ribs restaurant.

“We season the actual chicken and then bread it so it’s almost like a double whammy,” said Harmon.

The fast food place is not affiliated with the Las Vegas restaurant or the failed startup in Iowa. The Sterling Heights location is supposed to be the model for Flav’s future franchises.

“The first plane trip that Flav took out of New York he always tells us was to Detroit,” said Bitonti. “They did a Beastie Boys concert. He always wanted to do something in Detroit because he’s always had a place for it in his heart.”

Flav is lucky in love here. The first two winners of “Flavor of Love” were from Detroit. Can he be lucky with chicken here too?

The reality star will be in town promoting the new restaurant next week. The grand opening is in May.

To learn more about the restaurant, visit the website at: http://www.tasteflavs.com

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