NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Craft cannabis founder Michael Solomon is expanding his legal cannabis empire with a restaurant opening soon.
Buds & Brews, an innovative restaurant in Nashville, is slated to open in Spring 2022. Tennessee’s first cannabis bar and restaurant will have an American sports theme.
The restaurant will serve classic dishes that can be infused with legal hemp-derived THC spices, which Solomon believes are high-end.
“…our extraction process is solvent-free – like freshly pressed,” he said.
But how does it taste?
Using a coffee analogy, Solomon compares hemp to decaffeinated coffee and marijuana to its caffeinated counterpart. Spices that are made externally and pre-sealed are intended for blending.
“We took the 25 most commonly used spices and infused them all,” Solomon said.
Sweet treats and mocktails, like the popular smoky margarita, will also be available.
DOMINATED IN CALIFORNIA; FOUNDED IN TENNESSEE
Born and raised in Middle Tennessee, Solomon founded the seed-to-shelf cannabis business Craft Cannabis after his job took him to California where he gained experience growing cannabis. There he worked alongside the Green Goddess Collective pharmacy as a licensed medical breeder.
In 2017, Solomon returned to the Volunteer State. The following year, the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was passed, allowing industrial hemp with a THC concentration of no more than 0.3% to be considered legal.
Craft Cannabis produces unique cannabis products across its network and operates with full transparency that Solomon prides itself on.
“We are growers, manufacturers and retailers,” he said. “We grow hemp, extract it and sell it.”
By 2019, Craft Cannabis gave birth to retail brand The Holistic Connection.
“We’ve grown over 1000% in 18 months,” added Solomon.
The Holistic Connection currently has physical stores in Middle Tennessee and plans to expand to 17 additional locations in less than two years, including Atlanta, Chattanooga, Franklin, Knoxville, Lenox Village, Midtown, Nashville and Rivergate.
THE AUDIENCE BROWNIES AND FOOD
Solomon hopes to provide Nashville residents and tourists, whether experienced or new to cannabis, with a safe and legal place to enjoy and experiment with different flavors.
It took Buds & Brews about a year and a half to get to market. Early in this process, Solomon and his business partners analyzed the constant demand for edibles and hypothesized that this would be an indicator of the restaurant’s success.
They’re dying to find out this spring.
1246 3rd Ave. N., Nashville
American sports-themed cannabis bar and restaurant set to open in Spring 2022
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