West Hollywood’s cannabis parlors are back on track to open, so it’s only fitting that another player recently announced plans to move into a historic building just down from the famous venue. Troubadour concert. The new project, called the Antidote, even comes from a few household names.
While the 99-year-old building that will eventually house Antidote is still in the renovation phase, the owner says the project will begin actual construction in late 2022. When complete, Antidote’s two-level space will include a huge 6,000 square foot non-cannabis restaurant, as well as adjoining consumer lounge space and private rooms that can be purchased for group gatherings.
Antidote was originally approved as an edibles-only consumer show, but in the meantime, the City of West Hollywood has made some changes to its license. Consuming edibles can be a tricky practice when dealing with customers with different dosage level needs. Now, trade shows specializing in edibles must also offer separate non-consumer areas. For Antidote, the City of West Hollywood capped the smoking lounge at a maximum of 1,500 square feet, hence the non-smoking dining space that is also on-site.
This cap speaks to the challenges that all consumer shows face in California. For example, Antidote has specific parameters for operating in West Hollywood, then in greater Los Angeles County, and also in the state of California (at the federal level, cannabis use is still technically illegal). Effective immediately, the restaurant space cannot include cannabis until state and local laws are changed to allow the operation to expand, which means no to on-site consumption, but yes to a full bar. Cannabis consumption at Antidote must be done elsewhere, such as in the specific smoking room, or in private lounges.
Antidote will also offer a retail space and a consumption space called Pure Bar. Co-owner Kirk Cartozian said Pure Bar will combine water-soluble dehydrated cannabis powder with mocktails in a non-smoking environment. After dinner is over, diners can head upstairs to the smoking room or private dining rooms on-site, some with views of the surrounding city.
Cartozian, it should be noted, also co-owns several Gaucho Grill locations with Adrian Amosa, and Antidote’s other partners are Edgar Khalatian and Richard Lichtenstein. But the two companies will operate independently and separately. Take a look at the renders below ahead of the scheduled opening in late 2022.