According to Tupac Shakur's longtime friend and collaborator Shock G, the late rapper's dietary requirements included "hot wings, weed and Hennessey." On the 20th anniversary of Shakur's still-unsolved murder, he'll be honored with a combination of two of those three ingredients, served reverently in a plastic basket.
On September 13, a pop-up restaurant called the Powamekka Café will open inside Take 3 Burgers in Fresno, California, paying tribute to Shakur with four items, including Hennessey Apple Butter chicken wings. The one-night-only menu will also include a California Love chicken sandwich (only a slightly better choice than I Ain't Mad At Cheese Fries or the When A Hoagie Calls sub), a Mac-n-Cheese burger, and Thug Passion cake pops. How do U want it? With a few extra napkins, please.
Before his death, Shakur described his vision for the Powamekka Café, which was the restaurant that he hoped to open in the Los Angeles area. Shakur even sketched out ideas for the cafe; on a sheet of lined paper, he described it as "a passionate paradise 4 people with power 2 play and parlay" and "the perfect hideout 4 those who wish 2 escape the World'z cold reality." (Some of his ideas for Powamekka were even part of last year's Tupac Shakur exhibit at the Grammy Museum).
Although Shakur was killed before he could fulfill that particular dream, the temporary version is doing its best to pick up where he left off. In addition to the name, the pop-up restaurant's logo and menu design were both based on Shakur's own artwork. "The elements he left in those sketches, you can see what he was going for," marketing wizard Sam Hansen told the Fresno Bee. "A lot of people forget that he was profoundly poetic and had a deep connection to those Afro-centric elements."
The menu doesn't include one single vegetable, which is probably what 'Pac would've wanted. In a 2011 interview about Shakur's dream restaurant, Shock G (the one who put the satin on your panties) said Tupac seemed to avoid the produce aisle. "I never seen him eat a vegetable, not once in the five years I knew him," G told LA Weekly. "That's how I knew he wasn't planning on living too long."
The Powamekka Café will open at 7 p.m. on September 13. Pack a vest for your Jimmy—and maybe a Wet-Nap. Those wings could get messy.