Twenty years after his death, Tupac Shakur’s legacy still lives on. This year alone he will be inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the long-awaited “All Eyez on Me” biopic will finally hit theaters this June. Now, acafé will open for a limited time in New York later this month.
The late rapper’s estate has announced plans to turn Sweet Chick’s Lower East Side location into Powamekka Café, a restaurant that Shakur wanted to open prior to his death in 1996. The pop-up restaurant will be open public from April 7-9 at 178 Ludlow St.
Shakur’s estate trustee, Tom Whalley said it will bring Tupac’s notebook sketches to life. “Tupac’s creative vision was limitless. He was constantly working on ideas and plans that reached far beyond music and film,” he said. “One of the things he was extremely passionate about was opening a restaurant; he even sketched out plans and a concept for a menu. We are proud to bring Tupac’s Powamekka Café to life.”
Tupac is known for his notebooks full of lyrics, sketches, and thoughts. In a few pages of the notebook, he described the restaurant as “a passionate paradise 4 people with power 2 play and parlay.” He also called it “the perfect hideout 4 those who wish 2 escape the worldz cold reality.”
According to Billboard, this version of the restaurant will feature some of ‘Pac’s favorite food, including meatloaf, gumbo, and his cousin Jamala’s fried chicken wings.
Back in September, a one-day only Powamekka Café opened to a large crowd of fans in Fresno, Calif. It had menu items such as Brenda’s Baby-Back Rib Burger, California Love Chicken Sandwich, Hennessy Apple Butter Wings, and Thugz Passion drinks.
The New York Powamekka Café will be open April 7-9 at 178 Ludlow St.