When Flava Flav opened the doors to a restaurant in Michigan he told the news outlet MLive what sparked the idea was he's "always loved Detroit, and I figured 'Hey, you know, there's nothing like this here right now with the taste of my chicken.'"

Apparently metro Detroit was getting along just fine without the affable Public Enemy hype-man finally stepping up to fill the void: Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs location in suburban Sterling Heights was served an eviction notice yesterday.

TMZ reports someone needs to cough up $25,000 for missing rent, late fees and damages or else the region will dissolve into utter disarray as it slowly succumbs to a period marked as Post-Flava Flav's Chicken.

Flav, man, you made promises! You see. Remember this Q&A?

What kind of show would you like to do?

"I'm going to do a show on food."

To show off your culinary skills? Would this restaurant in Sterling Heights be featured?

"Oh yeah, definitely. This restaurant is gonna be featured."

...

When? As in the form of a show? A surprise for us here in Metro Detroit?

"In 2013. It's for Metro Detroit, and for the rest of the world, too. It's about Flavor Flav and television."

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Now, the man does have a history of mishaps when it comes to owning business.

The current location, his third after the others in Iowa and Las Vegas shuttered operations over the past three years, stopped paying rent back in November, TMZ says.

The landlord warned Flav's restaurant about the problem back in January ... and just a few weeks ago, went back to the court in hopes a judge will kick Flav to the curb, stat.

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Flav, who admits he had no idea the restaurant was having problems, responded to a call about what was going on by saying: "I'm gonna figure out what's going on and get to the bottom of this ASAP!"

But, MLive is reporting that the owners claim TMZ's report is batshit.

James Bishai, lawyer for the restaurant's owners, told MLive Detroit the matter has been stuck in litigation in district court for several weeks and involves a countersuit by the restaurant owners that claims damages in excess of $25,000.

“It started out as an eviction proceedings but it’s really a litigation case," said Bishai, who didn't know off hand who the landlord is. "They’re not forcing us out of business and we’re not going out of business.”

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For anyone in the area that's now interested in eating there: The owner says if you bring in a copy of the TMZ article you'll get 25 percent off of your meal.

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