Nashville is preparing to open its first cannabis restaurant in Germantown this spring. According to the Nashville Business Journal, Music City-based seed-to-shelf Craft Cannabis company is set to open Buds & Brews at 1246 3rd Avenue in North Germantown. Expected to open in late April or early May, Buds & Brews is the first business of its kind in Tennessee, but owner Michael Solomon told the NBJ that he certainly does not think it will be the last.
The menu at Buds & Brews will pair elevated American dishes with legal, hemp-derived THC-infused condiments from Craft Cannabis, plus ample televisions for game day. The 21-and-older restaurant and bar’s kitchen will be led by chef Sam McGee — a name recognizable from Nashville staples Urban Grub and 5th & Taylor. Of note, the dishes here won’t be infused THC, just the sauces, which will come with dosing spoons. Buds & Brews also plans to sell edible dessert options plus drinks infused with hemp-derived THC. All items sold will be only allowed for restaurant consumption and not sold for outside use.
Craft Cannabis has nine retail locations in Middle Tennesse under its brand The Holistic Connection. Solomon launched the cannabis brand in 2019 after spending a decade learning about legal cannabis and becoming a licensed medical cannabis grower in California. Now back in Nashville since the Farm Bill passed back in 2018, Solomon’s plants are all grown and extracted under one roof. The Farm Bill legalized cannabis with 0.3 percent of THC or less, and since then, the cannabis industry has grown exponentially in Tennessee.