The Boston Office of Neighborhood Services will hold an online meeting next week on a proposal to convert the shuttered Jacob Wirth restaurant on Stuart Street into a cannabis shop.
The Royalty Group, which recently won approval in Tyngsborough for a marijuana-growing facility, and which is seeking to open retail marijuana shops, will explain its proposal starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
The company was founded by Andrea Pearce, formerly COO for Louis Delpidio's nightclub company, Boston Ballroom - and is based in the same building as Delpidio's Royale nightclub, nearby on Tremont Street. Delpidio is also an investor in Royalty. Another local tie: James Chan, a longtime aide to former City Councilor Bill Linehan, works as the company's Boston political consultant.
Before it could open, the new shop would first need the approval of the Boston Cannabis Board, the Zoning Board of Appeal and the state Cannabis Control Commission, as well as a formal "host agreement" with the city.
The historic Jacob Wirth restaurant, opened in 1868 and more recently famous for its piano singalongs, closed in 2018 due to water damage from a fire on a floor above it.
In 2019, two restaurant operators proposed renovating the space into a sports bar.