The Tupac family opens a pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles inspired by the late rapper’s handwritten notes


CHICAGO – MARCH 1994: Rapper Tupac Shakur poses for photos backstage after his performance at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois in March 1994. (Photo by Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

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by Tupac Shakur family expands its inheritance.

His estate is set to open the Powamekka Café from June 16 to June 30 at 800 W. Olympic Boulevard in LA Live, Eater Los Angeles reports. The pop-up restaurant, part of Sacramento’s Fixins Soul Kitchen, is set to serve classics like fried chicken wings, okra, and meatloaf for lunch and dinner.

The ‘Changes’ rapper thought of the concept for the restaurant before his untimely death in 1996. He dreamed of Powamekka Café as a place for ‘divaz’ and ‘playaz’, according to notes later found by his family and shared on his site. official. instagram page when the LA location was announced.

Tupac also wrote that he wanted his restaurant to be “a passionate 4-person paradise with the power to 2 gamble and bet”, serving as “the perfect hideout 4 for those wishing to escape 2 the cold reality of the world”.

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“Come and enjoy authentic Italian cuisine prepared by a [sic] chef or the best of southern and creole cuisine from the generationz of recipes and traditions if you want more than we make the best sandwiches on the planet,” read his notes.

According Eater Los Angeles, Powamekka Café has already come to life in places like Fresno, California and New York. For its run in Los Angeles, it is partnering with LA Live’s Wake Me When I’m Free exhibit, which salutes Tupac’s life and legacy.

This isn’t the first rapper-inspired pop-up restaurant to be temporarily set up in Los Angeles. In February, Eminem brought his famous Detroit restaurant Mom’s Spaghetti at the City of Angels during Super Bowl week.

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In September, Eminem opened up mom’s spaghetti in his hometown of Detroit, based on popular lyrics from his 2002 hit “Lose Yourself.” It offers a simple menus simple Italian dishes like spaghetti, meatballs and a s’getti sandwich

“His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy,” he raps at the start of the song, which he wrote for his movie’s soundtrack, 8 miles. “There’s already vomit on his sweater, mom’s spaghetti.”

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Em (born Marshall Mathers) first turned the lyrics into a food concept in 2017, opening Mom’s Spaghetti as a pop-up shop in popular Detroit music venue The Shelter while promoting the release of his album, The comeback. In April 2020, he sent containers of prepared spaghetti to frontline workers at Henry Ford and DMC hospitalsas they helped those in need amid the then emerging coronavirus crisis.

Slim Shady has since given the restaurant a permanent home in downtown Detroit (and made a surprise appearance when it opened) now occupying a bodega-sized portion of Ally next to Union Assembly – the two-story, 14,800-square-foot restaurant in the Detroit district across from Comerica Park.

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Union Joints, owner of Union Assembly, is a design partner with Eminem. They also worked with the musician on previous Mom’s Spaghetti pop-ups.

“We had a lot of fun putting this project together with the folks at Union Joints, and the fan response has been overwhelmingly positive,” Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg said in a statement. “The previous pop-ups were really a test for us to determine if there was enthusiasm for a Mom’s Spaghetti spot that would perform regularly and be open year-round.”


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