From April 7 to April 9, 2017, the estate of Tupac Shakur unveiled the Powamekka Café pop-up restaurant in New York City to help celebrate Tupac’s induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The restaurant concept was based on notes and sketches from Tupac’s notebooks and fulfills his long-held dream of opening a “passionate paradise 4 people with power 2 play & parlay.”
The Powamekka Café pop-up took over the popular Lower East Side eatery, Sweet Chick, co-owned by restaurateur John Seymore and hip-hop legend Nas. The curated experience realized Tupac’s vision of a place for friends and family to get together and “escape the worldz cold reality” while serving the finest in “down home Southern and Creole food from generations of recipes and traditions”
Some of Tupac’s favorite meals filled the exclusive menu, including meatloaf, gumbo, and his cousin Jamala’s fried chicken wings.
The Sweet Chick space was transformed into Powamekka with photos from Tupac’s childhood, framed pages from his notebooks, and rarely seen pieces of music memorabilia. For three nights, hundreds of people came to the Café to appreciate and remember Tupac together.
Tom Whalley, trustee of the Tupac Shakur estate, said in a press release, “Tupac’s creative vision was limitless. He was constantly working on ideas and plans that reached far beyond music and film. We are proud to bring Tupac’s Powamekka Café to life.”
To commemorate the pop-up, a line of limited-edition merchandise and apparel was created in collaboration with Bravado, Universal Music Group’s merchandise and brand management company.