What happens when Tupac envisions his own restaurant and leaves the blueprint for the concept? Sweet Chick, nestled in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan, brings this idea to life 20 years later and becomes Powamekka Cafe for you to enjoy over a 3-day stint. It was time for yet another much needed catch up and I’m so happy she suggested going to this.
The cafe was filled with pictures of Tupac from childhood to adulthood, portraits of what I took to be some of his musical influences and even newly designed restroom signs for the “playaz” and “divaz”. Handwritten notes from Tupac about the restaurant concept, infamous quotes from the artist himself and never seen before poetry also lined the walls of this pop-up cafe. Classic songs from Tupac flowed throughout and definitely made you feel his presence. Although I knew this was not going to happen, it felt like at any given moment Tupac was going to appear surprisingly and thank the patrons for stopping by and supporting his vision. That’s just how much the ambiance made you feel his presence even in his absence.
The menu was made up of the artists’ favorite meals so for my entree I went with the meatloaf. This wasn’t just ordinary meatloaf; it actually was made with duck and short rib. The dish also came with mashed potatoes and a creamy mushroom sauce. Delicious is an understatement for this one. I cannot recall what was in my mixed drink but I definitely picked it solely based on the name “Queen of Cali”. Overall I was very happy with my experience at this Tupac inspired restaurant and Sweet Chick did a phenomenal job of executing the concept that was laid out for Powamekka Cafe. Enjoy the pics below.