When you think Tupac Shakur, burgers might not be the first thing that pops into your mind.
But it turns out, a California Love Burger chowed down with friends and family might have been just what he would have liked all along.
On Sept. 13, Powamekka Caf will be the place Tupak would have done that. The Fresno pop-up restaurant is set to honor 2pac with a host of dishes inspired by his lyrics and life.
Before he died, Tupac had plans to open a restaurant with the same name.
The name “Powamekka” derives from the words “power” and “mecca,” and in recovered documents that were on exhibition last year, the rapper described it as “a passionate paradise 4 people with power 2 play and parlay.”
The pop-up at Fulton Malls, which will also feature musicians performing tributes to the late rapper, is possible because of a partnership between Take 3 Burgers and Sam Hansen, who is behind marketing for the Fresno Grizzlies.
According to an interview with the Fresno Bee, Hansen had worked with other rap artists like Kanye West and was inspired to use the idea of Powamekka to help see Tupac’s vision come to life.
The branding comes directly from a sketch by Tupac, ankh symbol and all. The elements he left in those sketches, you can see what he was going for, Hansen told the publication. A lot of people forget that he was profoundly poetic and had a deep connection to those Afro-centric elements.”
The California Love burger is on the menu, as well as Hennessy Apple Butter chicken wings, a Mac-and-Cheese Burger and Thug Passion cake pops, according to reports. California Love and Hennessy are both Tupac song titles, and Thug Passion takes a clever play on the classic track “Thug Mansion.”
According to The Business Journal, Take 3 Burgers and Hansen previously collaborated on another rapper-food tribute for Notorious B.I.G. with a breakfast that included t-bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch’s grapeall inspired by the lyrics to “Big Poppa.
Mashable has reached out to Take 3 Burgers and Hansen for further comment.