This Tupac Pop-Up Restaurant has Ludlow Street on Lockdown

Posted on: April 7th, 2017 at 5:16 am by

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Starting today, Sweet Chick and its sister establishment Ludlow Coffee Supply are paying tribute to Tupac. The Powamekka Cafe at 178 Ludlow Street is a pop-up planned to coincide with the deceased rapper’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Before his death, Tupac apparently dreamed of opening a restaurant, and created blueprints, recipes, and logos for it. Sweet Chick, which counts Nas as an investor, decided to honor those plans with the Powamekka. Per the website:

Over twenty years has passed since Tupac conceptualized Powamekka Café within three handwritten pages of his notebook. A place for all to play and parlay, the Powamekka Café, representing the finest in down home Southern, will serve as a place for friends and family to get together and escape the worldz cold reality. His vision comes to life as the Powamekka Café takes over New York’s Lower East Side, Sweet Chick on Ludlow Street, owned and backed by restaurateur, John Seymour and Nas. The café gives Tupac’s friends, family and fans a chance to revisit him through a carefully curated collection from his archives including personal photos from his childhood, his poetry and music memorabilia from his favorite artists and through the food he loved including meatloaf, gumbo and, one of his favorite dishes — his cousin Jamala’s fried chicken wings.

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And, as you might imagine, Ludlow Street is on lockdown. This was the scene yesterday evening, shortly before the launch party. The block between East Houston and Stanton Streets was blocked with police barricades, cops on the beat, production assistants, and press folks.

Powamekka opens today and runs through April 9.

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