We haven’t seen hype for something like this since that Gilmore Girls coffee shop. Powamekka Cafe, based on a restaurant concept that Tupac came up with before his death in 1996, became a reality last night.
The pop-up is now open inside of Sweet Chick, whose co-owner Nas was among the bold-facers who showed up to the opening party last night. Also there were musicians Dev Hynes, Dave East, A$AP Bari, and The Skins, actor Marcc Rose of Straight Outta Compton, Baohaus proprietor Eddie Huang, Kith owner Ronnie Fieg, and the overseer of Tupac’s estate, former Warner Bros. Records CEO Tom Whalley.
No, Suge Knight was not in attendance, though he recently advanced a pretty interesting theory about Tupac’s killer.
The event doubled as the unveiling of a new streetwear line, Tupac by VLONE. Still, all eyez are on the pop-up restaurant, which appears to be pretty much fully booked through its end date of April 13. Luckily, we’ve got some photos of the place, which is decorated with a “carefully curated collection from [Tupac’s] archives including personal photos from his childhood, his poetry and music memorabilia from his favorite artists,” according to the reservations page. Up on the wall are the Tupac notes that inspired the place (motto: “Eat in Heaven”), complete with an illustration of the doors to the Men’s (Playaz) and Women’s (Divaz) restrooms.
At each table, Tupac envisioned phone lines and a list of possible requests for the house band. The comfort-food offerings included meatloaf, steak, gumbo, fried chicken, and french friez– all of which made it onto the pop-up’s menu.
Cocktails included a Ghetto Russian, which is also being served.
Safe bet that if you order the steak, the waitress will croon, “How do u want it.”