A line of Cronut™-esque proportions formed at a burger joint in Fresno, California last night, as hundreds of people flocked to a pop-up restaurant paying tribute to 2pac.
Opening (and closing) on the 20th anniversary of the rapper’s unsolved murder, the owners of Take 3 transformed their fast-casual restaurant into the Powamekka Cafe for one night only, and fans came from miles around to scope out the scene — and the Hennessey chicken wings, which shared the menu with a California Love chicken sandwich and the cleverly-named Brenda’s Baby Back Rib burger.
On Facebook, people reported waiting as long as three hours to make it through the line and order food; around 9 p.m., one person reported they’d been in line since 6:00 — the restaurant didn’t open until 7 — and there were now more than 100 people behind them, with the line stretching around the block.
Some of the less fortunate had to settle for hitting up In-N-Out once the restaurant ran out of food, but there were seemingly plenty of Ghetto Russians (a cocktail of Bailey’s and cognac) to go around.
In hosting the Powamekka Cafe, the hosts weren’t just paying homage to the late music icon; the restaurant concept, from the name to some of the menu items, was taken straight from sketches done by the rapper himself sometime in the 1990s, blown-up versions of which adorned the walls.
It’s not the first time Take 3 has paid tribute to rap world greats, either: The Fresno Bee reports the restaurant celebrated the Notorious B.I.G.’s birthday earlier this year by serving T-bone steaks, cheese eggs, and Welch’s grape juice, a meal the rapper famously described in the song “Big Poppa.” With the 20th anniversary of the death of Tupac’s one-time friend/adversary coming up in March 2017, perhaps a restaurant on the East Coast will be inspired to answer with a pop-up tribute of their own.