Jimmy Haber, the restaurateur behind BLT Prime and BLT Steak, sees inexperienced in leisure weed.
Haber, CEO of BLT Restaurant Group, which additionally runs Italian eateries Casa Nonna and The Florentine, has connected with Toast, a Colorado-based cannabis company, to assist him open marijuana lounges in the Big Apple, On The Money has realized.
Haber and Toast made their handshake deal following Gov. Cuomo’s transfer in March to signal a invoice to legalize leisure weed, which has opened the door to cannabis lounges, the place folks can come and toke up with their pals — like a bar however with out booze.
“We are all novices in New York, and Toast is supplying the expertise so we can offer a first class experience,” Haber advised The Post of Aspen-based company that sells rainbow cookies with CBD-infused chocolate and hemp extract oils.
Of course, it is going to be awhile (consultants estimate one to two years) earlier than such lounges are open to the general public as a result of the state nonetheless has lots of work to do to lay the groundwork, together with establishing a regulatory physique and writing the principles of the highway.
Outstanding questions embrace whether or not cannabis lounge house owners can serve meals to clients with the munchies. Albany lawmakers have made clear, nevertheless, that the lounges is not going to be allowed to serve alcohol.
But that doesn’t appear to trouble Haber: “We are looking at cannabis to be a substitute for alcohol,” Haber mentioned.
Of course, not everyone seems to be on board with the lounge thought.
Nightlife impresario Scott Gerber, who owns 10 bars, together with The Campbell in Grand Central Terminal and Mr. Purple at Hotel Indigo, advised The Post “getting stoned is more of an anti-social thing. I don’t see it as a social event or as a business.”
New York is now one 16 US states, in addition to Guam and Washington, DC, which have moved to legalize pot in hopes that it’s going to assist generate tax income.
Other states embrace New Jersey, Colorado, Arizona, South Dakota, Montana, Alaska, California, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.