Busboys and Poets Owner Has a Big Year Ahead

By Rina Rapuano  |  December 4, 2013
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Next year is shaping up to be a busy one for Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal. The restaurateur and activist announced his bid for the mayor’s seat just last month, and yesterday it was revealed that a lease has been signed for a new Busboys and Poets in Brookland’s upcoming Monroe Street Market.

The multi-phase, mixed-use development is situated on five city blocks near the Brookland-CUA Metro station and is set to open next fall. Barnes & Noble, &Pizza, Potbelly Sandwich and a yet-to-be-named restaurant from the people behind Meridian Pint have also signed on to the development.

The restaurant will encompass 7,400 square feet and offer breakfast, lunch and dinner with healthy servings of art, weekly events and performances found in Shallal’s other Busboys and Poets. The restaurant is also known for its vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. This will be the sixth location of the local restaurant chainlet, assuming the spring opening of the Takoma Park restaurant goes as planned.

“With a strong hand in community involvement, art, cultural uplifting and political discussion, Busboys and Poets is a perfect fit for Monroe Street Market,” Shallal said in a statement released by the development company. “We are thrilled to be a part of this amazing development and are equally excited to share our brand with this community.”