UPDATE: Thanks to the readers who passed along this update. It has been confirmed that the location referred to in the Washington Post story is indeed the Monroe Street Market/Catholic U Development. Here is a promising quote from Andy Shallal, via an article in the Washington Business Journal. “It’s possible that the Monroe Street one will be ready sooner, (than the Takoma location) if the deal is made.”
The Washington Post is reporting that the restaurant chain Busboys and Poets may be coming to our neighborhood soon. After signing a lease for a location in Takoma
Park, owner Andy Shallal has his sights set on Brookland, and is “negotiating a lease” on a space. The article did not give an indication of where in Brookland Shallal is looking, however, if you have ever been in one of the 4 current restaurant locations, they are all very sizable, so I don’t see this happening on 12th St. The Takoma Park location will be 6,500 square feet. So, my guess is that it will be in one of the new developments around the neighborhood. We have eaten at Busboys and Poets many times, and if we are to get a chain restaurant, I think this is a great choice. The restaurants offer more than just dining, they incorporate a bookstore, live music, spoken word and film. I think this formula will fit in very well with the “artsy” vibe the Monroe Street Market development is bringing and I suspect would be popular with the college crowd in our neighborhood. Overall, very exciting news! From Busboys and Poets website:
Busboys and Poets is a community gathering place. First established in 2005, Busboys and Poets was created by owner Anas “Andy” Shallal, an Iraqi-American artist, activist and restaurateur. After opening the flagship location at 14th and V Streets, NW (Washington, DC), the neighboring residents and the progressive community embraced Busboys, especially activists opposed to the Iraq War. Busboys and Poets is now located in four distinctive neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area and is a community resource for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers.