Update: New Busboys And Poets Location Under Negotiation Is Monroe Street Market/Catholic U Development

Busboys and Poets photo courtesy of Source The Station
Busboys and Poets photo courtesy of Source The Station

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.

12 thoughts on “Update: New Busboys And Poets Location Under Negotiation Is Monroe Street Market/Catholic U Development”

  1. This is great news. Andy Shallal was always very welcoming to the LGBT community in his Dupont Circle establishments and, in fact, one of his places was where Reel Affirmations held it’s very first film review committee meeting.

  2. Boo. Brookland is our beautiful neighborhood with a distinct personality and history. Why would anyone want it to look like every other gentrified neighborhood in this city. This model is tired. Busboys is great politically, but as there are an ever growing number of locations in the very near vicinity the food and atmosphere played out. This neighborhood is special. We deserve better.

    1. If Busboys and Poets comes to Monroe Street Market it would technically be located in Edgewood, so no worries–Brookland will stay “special.”

      1. Also worth noting – while this article says the location will be in “Takoma Park,” it’s actually going to be in the DC neighborhood of “Takoma,” not in the Maryland city of Takoma Park.

    2. I agree with Yellowsheep’s image of Brookland, but it is still in DC, and Bussboys and Poets is a uniquely DC place. I would be happy to welcome it into our neighborhood. While so many other neighborhoods are being clogged with Panera Bread, Chipotle, and burger chains; having a Bussboys and Poets does not sound so tired to me!

  3. Busboys has good food and there is a lack of sitdown places in that pricepoint in the neighborhood. I don’t understand the idea that anything new is a slight to the character if the neighborhood. Staying static is never a good plan.

  4. I agree that we need more sit down places in our neighborhood, and I am excited to see that happening. Little Ricky’s operated by a local resident. Wonderful. Busboys and Poets is in Shirlington and Hyattsville, so it seems the loyalty only goes one way. Busboys is a uniquely DC business, that curiously keeps popping up in gentrifying neighborhoods. I guess good food is a matter of opinion.

  5. Sorry, DC-based business is what I meant to say. Also, I completely agree that if the alternative is Chipotle Busboys all the way. I just wish there were more options and more support, individual and municipal, for small, progressive businesses.

    1. I am a bit confused it is not like busboys, chipotle and individual small businesses are mutually exclusive. Right now nothing opening in brookland should be considered an alternative to anything, but rather a new option.

      As I am not about to take the risk to open a restaurant, anyone that does, including a chipotle franchise , has my admiration.

  6. I haven’t heard anything about this in a while. Is it still happening or did Meridian Pint take the space Busboys & Poets was considering? I’m really happy about Meridian Pint, but it would be great to have both.

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