The Boston Licensing Board could decide tomorrow whether to let former City Councilor turned potrepreneur Tito Jackson put a 62-seat bar and lounge atop his proposed cannabis concern at 150 State St. downtown, near Faneuil Hall.
Jackson's proposed Apex Bar and Lounge would occupy the sixth and seventh floors of the building, atop his Verdant Reparative cannabis concern on the lower floors. He needs board approval to buy the liquor license from the Little Rose taco bar formerly in the building.
At a hearing today, Jackson's attorney, former City Councilor Mike Ross, said the new lounge would "represent the culture and feel of the city of Boston and [bring] additional flavor to the Faneuil Hall area."
Ross said Jackson is currently talking to several local restaurants about providing food to lounge patrons; the lounge itself would have no kitchen.
Ross and Jackson said they taken a number of steps to ensure that pot and booze never mix, starting with a separate, staffed elevator entrance to the lounge. Customers of the cannabis shop would be barred from consuming their purchases in the lounge. Anybody caught trying to get high in the lounge would be escorted out and then barred from both facilities, they said.
Jackson acknowledged that should the state finally get regulations allowing marijuana cafes, he would look to extend the lounge with that. "We would love to have that," he said, adding, however, that could be a ways off.
A number of people spoke in favor of Jackson's liquor-license request, including Nia Grace of Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen.
Ross and other supporters noted that the lounge would be the first Black-owned bar in the Faneuil Hall area. One supporter, Nichelle Sadler, said that alone is reason to support the proposal, because Black visitors to Boston who stay in the Faneuil Hall area now "have to travel across the city to enjoy a beverage at a Black-owned establishment."