Rapper/catch phrase generator/doomed restaurateur Flavor Flav has been evicted from his last remaining restaurant, in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Following what TMZ calls a "a bitter legal battle" between Flav's legal team and the building's landlord, the doors were padlocked this morning. Flav reportedly owes the landlord $20,000; his team claims they haven't paid because a broken heater is "spewing carbon monoxide" into the building.
UPDATE: The eviction has been postponed pending a new hearing; Flav's is reopening after being required to pay one month's rent ($3,500). Or, as they put it on their Facebook page, "Don't Believe All That Hype Out There Folks..We Are Not Going Anywhere!"
Last week TMZ found out that the giant-clock-wielding rapper had been stiffing the landlord on rent since last November. According to court documents, the restaurant was late in making its monthly $3,500 rent payment last September and October, and "stopped paying altogether" in November. Flav himself apparently didn't even know any of this was happening, saying that "he had no idea the restaurant was in trouble."
As a restauranteur, Flavor Flav has not had an easy go of it. Flav's Chicken & Ribs is his third restaurant attempt in the past two years, and it's the second one to have some kind of interaction with the law. His first restaurant, Flav's Fried Chicken in Clinton, Iowa, shuttered after four months amidst accusations of bounced paychecks. His second restaurant, Flavor Flav's House of Flavor in Las Vegas, was less problematic and held on slightly longer, but still shuttered after six months.
Today marks exactly six months since the Michigan restaurant opened. Does this mean we're not getting the Flavor Flav restaurant reality show he promised?
· Flavor Flav's Fried Chicken Officially Evicted [TMZ]
· All Flavor Flav Coverage on Eater [-E-]