If you’re a guest in someone’s home, is it right to nitpick? This is the dilemma I have writing about the Original Cannabis Café, formerly known as Lowell Cannabis Café in West Hollywood, the first place in the nation where a person can order marijuana and food and indulge in both on site. I strongly believe that as the first in the marketplace, this place needs to be the standard bearer.
When it first opened, thanks to its uniqueness, there was a whirlwind of media reports. Most were glowing, but I didn’t feel that way at the press preview. My guest and I found much too much wrong to give a fair and honest review (it’s easy to be dazzled by the mere idea of a Cannabis Café). So I was pleased to be invited back with the same friend, and this time we found that much had improved – but there are still some glitches.
To their credit, they take feedback from customers really seriously. And that’s evident in the improvements they’ve made. A recent name change involves a State of California lawsuit against Lowell Herb Co. for processing without a license; an original corporate sponsor, Lowell apparently is now no longer in the picture.
Their staff is exceptional. Host/maître d’ Feliciano is impeccably fashionable, cool under stress, and with his charming personality keeps a continual eye on the floor to be sure things are moving. Chantelle and Cole (we sat at three different tables during our visit) were terrific waitresses, and another managerial-type gent, William was accommodating to us in every way.
Published: January 16, 2020
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