Inside the restaurant Tupac Shakur planned to open before his death
Tupac Shakur had big plans in the works before his unfortunate death in 1996. Besides music and scripts, the poetic justice star was thrilled to transition into the world of fashion and food and drink. One of the dreams he was working towards was to open a soul food restaurant in California. In its current exhibit at the traveling museum, Tupac’s plans for the restaurant have been revealed.
Plans for the restaurant are on display in Tupac Shakur’s museum exhibit
Tupac loved good food and libations and wanted to bring the world of cooking he had grown accustomed to to his own fans, even in underserved communities seeking an escape. The restaurant was to be called Powamekka Cafe, with the slogan “A Passionate Paradise 4 People With Power 2 Play and Parlay” and “The Perfect Hideout 4 Those Who Wish 2 Escape The Worldz Cold Reality”.
A restaurant plan with a logo of an ankh and ocean waves surrounding the restaurant name that Tupac designed is also featured in his original written plan throughout the museum currently on display in Los Angeles. Bathrooms for women were listed as “Divaz” and for men as “Playaz”.
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As for employees, Tupac planned to hire four cooks, a manager, a hostess, three waitresses, two bartenders, two dishwashers, and two busboys. the Juice The star also planned to have live entertainment in the form of a house band, DJ and valet for well-paid guests.
He put a lot of thought into the ambiance of the venue, noting that he preferred to decorate the restaurant “peaceful yet lavish and comfortable” with perfumes lit, flowers on each table and music playing in the background.
The restaurant was to be a cultural experience for customers
Much of the food on the screened menu is classified as soul food. Entree meats included BBQ wings, baked chicken, meatloaf, steak, okra, fried chicken, and fish of the day. Sides to choose from included macaroni and cheese, garden salad, rice and beans, fries, potato salad, green beans with smoked turkey, corn on the cob and mashed potatoes. oven. For those with a sweet tooth, dessert options were part of the plan and included banana pudding, sweet potato pie, peach cobbler, cake and ice cream.
The sandwiches listed included cheeseburgers and hamburgers, as well as a turkey club. He also had a fruit salad listed as a healthier option as a snack.
Besides coke products and soft drinks such as fruit punch, Tupac had quite the cocktail list. His personal favorites such as Hennessy and Coke (Playa Passion), Gin and Juice, and Baileys and Cream with Remy (Ghetto Russian) are listed on his original draft.
A restaurant inspired by Tupac’s original concept was opened for a single day on the 20th anniversary of his death
In 2017, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the rapper’s death, Sweet Chick – a popular restaurant on New York’s Lower East Side – updated Tupac’s vision for the restaurant. Co-owned by restaurateur John Seymore and rapper Nas, the menu has been changed for the day to reflect Tupac’s dream menu.
Notes of his plans were posted in the East Village, along with family photos of him and social activist leaders Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes from Tupac also lined the restaurant’s walls.
The idea for the pop-up restaurant came from Bravado CEO Mat Vlasic and Seymour, who then spoke with Nas before conferring with Tupac’s estate. “They pulled out these newspapers with the full menu and I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is crazy,'” Seymour said of Tupac’s first sight on paper, reports Billboard Magazine. “It’s before the Food Network. This was before restaurants were cool and it was a thing to do. He was thinking about it more than 20 years ago… So when that [Tupac cafe] I was like, ‘Man, here’s another opportunity to do something amazing.’ »
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