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Company proposes turning former Jacob Wirth into a marijuana shop

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.

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Good ole Jacob Wirth's. Does anyone know what happened with the incredible antiques? I recall there was even an old wooden ice box and amazing intricately carved wooden cabinet behind the bar. Just to mention a couple.

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Good location. I would trust they would not be like the watery Wirth's house beers. They reminded me of the milkman in Under Milk Wood, "Ocky Milkman on his round. I will say this, his milk's as fresh as the dew. Half dew it is." I suppose overly weak weed would not hold its place in the market. J.W. was a gimmick, but what a fine place for a restaurant or pot store.

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probably stems and seeds, the stuff you don't need.

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I’m good with it.

An excellent interior for an edibles cafe. If they serve coffee and espresso even better.

No more smoke shops in the neighborhood, please!

The upper floors have always intrigued me. It would be nice to see them put to a good use.

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... for a permanent BPL branch since the Millennium project in Winthrop Square announced, surprise surprise, they aren’t honoring their promises?

This would be a great spot.

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I don't remember hearing about the Millennium down-scaling as affecting the BPL plan.

If it's true, it would constitute a two-sided assault by the city on Chinatown kids: (1) the exam-less school policy, and (2) the decades of continued disinvestment in a library branch. A prime example of anti-Asian bigotry in our supposedly progressive, woke city.

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I so hate these expressions : woke, post racial, kudos, and an assorted lot of four- five- and nine-letter words too vile for me to put in print on such an esteemed publication.

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Food was absolutely dreadful, bruh

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Terrible food and they had rats. But good ambiance and beers nevertheless.

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Probably around average, at least the last time I was there. I am however suspicious of restaurants that claim to be German, but serve pretzels with mustard.

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Perhaps High Street would be a better location.

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They should have the piano man come back on Friday nights to play for the cannabis connoisseurs in line.

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...stoners!

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