First Tupac now Biggie Smalls Take 3 restaurant is honoring hip hop legends in a special way

Take 3 does pop up restaurant again, this time honoring Notorious Big

Fresno, Calif. - It's no secret construction on the Fulton Mall has made it difficult for businesses on the strip to stay afloat.

Businesses like Take 3 have found ways to be creative to attract customers even in the midst of construction.

You may remember last year they hosted a pop-up night honoring Hip Hop legend Tupac Shakur, now they're back at it again.

Thursday it's all about Biggie Smalls in honor of the 20th anniversary of his death.

"I actually grew up listening to Biggie," said Mario Barraza, customer and fan of Notorious Big.

It's fans like Barraza that owner Desirae Washington is trying to attract.

She redecorated the entire restaurant with Biggie Smalls art drawn by local artists, hired a Dj and created a special breakfast menu as well.

"We're serving steak cheese and welches grape, that's a line from big papa; the 546 am treats comes from his song The Warning, so we're just kind of pulling bits and pieces of his songs," said Washington.

Washington says the art community has really been supportive through this difficult time.

"Even with the construction that's happening, obviously business slows from that, but it's crazy to see how many people are still coming down it's been really helpful," said Washington.

Randall Morrison Deputy City Engineer says fans won't have to brave construction for long.

"We are scheduled to be complete early summer," said Morrison.

City officials say there's been $100-million in new investment on the Fulton Mall strip since construction.

That's good news for business owners like Washington and Biggie Smalls fans like Barraza who went home with a Notorious Big painting and lots of good memories of his childhood.

"My uncle that was like his music of the day, we would like drive around the town it was kind of a bonding experience for us," said Barraza.

At 7:30 Thursday night Take Three is having an art showcase of Biggie Smalls with local musicians, it will be at Full Circle Brewing.


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