We recently learned about Shout Mouse Press, a nonprofit writing program and publishing house for those from marginalized backgrounds to tell their own stories in their own voices. They will be having an event at nearby Busboys and Poets, to mark the publication of a book, The Day Tajon Got Shot, written by ten teen girls. From the event page:
Join us to learn more about this ambitious project, and be the first ones to get your hands on the powerful new book!
Meet the teen authors and hear about how and why they wrote.
Hear dramatic readings of scenes from the book by professional actors.
Discuss the role of teen voices in the new civil rights movement with all book contributors, including a poet from Split This Rock and teen photographer from Critical Exposure.
Today is the Day Without Immigrants protest, and several of our local businesses are taking a stand in solidarity with their immigrant staff. We thought readers would like to know which restaurants are closed or offering limited menus so that their employees may attend the protest. This list is being updated as we get new information. Way to go guys!
From Brookland’s Finest: We’re closed on Thursday in support of our staff who’ll participate in #ADayWithoutImmigrants protest
From Brookland Pint: As a Latino business owner I stand in solidarity with all of my immigrant staff. Therefore, we will close our kitchen this Thursday in support of our immigrant staff’s desire and right to protest the evolving state of immigration policies in our country. Our bars will remain open and our guests are welcome to BYOF (bring your own food.) -John Andrade, owner
From Busboys and Poets: Our founder @andyshallal is an immigrant in solidarity #ADayWithoutImmigrants. We will be closed on Thurs. Immigrants make America great!
According to a story in the Washingtonian, The Dew Drop Inn will close its kitchen, but the bar will be open.
Although not in Brookland, the District Fishwife, located in Union Market, is owned by a Brooklander: The District Fishwife is an immigrant-owned business and stands by our team. We will be closing our kitchen all day…
From Nido, around the corner in Woodridge: We will be closed tomorrow in solidarity with our staff. Immigrants are the backbone of the restaurant industry and without them Nido would not exist. We invite you to join us on Monday to raise funds for Ayuda and show your support and appreciation for the individuals and families who work and sacrifice to serve our community every day.
Steel Plate will close its kitchen, but the bar will be open.
Dining Out For Life is an annual nationwide dining fundraising event raising money for AIDS service organizations. DC’s event supports Food and Friends, the only DC charity providing daily, home-delivered, specialized meals, groceries and nutrition counseling to individuals who are battling HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Astrid and I are so excited that this year we don’t have to leave the neighborhood to dine at a participating restaurant. Hats off to Steel Plate has and Busboys and Poets for signing up and donating 25% and 35% of their sales for the night respectively.
The event, now in its 19th year, will take place Thursday, April 23rd, and we encourage everyone to go out and support! Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE and Busboys and Poets is located at 625 Monroe Street NE.
Many thanks to Black Broadway on U for reaching out to let us know about their one year anniversary and fundraiser event at the nearby Busboys and Poets. From an email:
“…the One Year Anniversary and Fundraiser for the “Black Broadway on U: Transmedia Project” at the grand opening of the Brookland location’s Pearl Bailey Room. The evening reception includes light fare and a special “Pearl Bailey Pop-Up” performance featuring Helen Hayes Award-winning actress Roz White (Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Howard University Alumni) at Busboys and Poets Pearl Bailey Room (Brookland/Metro Red Line), 625 Monroe St., N.E, Washington, DC, on Monday, February 23, 2015, 6:30 pm – 8:30pm.”
Read the press release here. This multimedia (transmedia) project sheds light on the under-told, rich cultural history of the Shaw/U St., DC corridor in the early 1910s through the late 50s. For more information on the Black Broadway on U: Transmedia Project, check out this cool, historic video:
The Busboys and Poets restaurant at the Monroe Street Market just opened a few weeks ago, but already a great event has been announced: Representative John Lewis is going to introduce the second book of his Civil Rights Trilogy on February 4 at 7pm.
Mr. Lewis was one of the participants at the March on Selma, which celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this March.
In March: Book Two, the eagerly-awaited second volume of his civil rights trilogy, Congressman John Lewis again collaborates with writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to put historic events into the immediate context of a graphic memoir. Recounting his personal and political coming-of-age in the segregated South, Lewis picks up the story after the heady days of the Nashville sit-ins, recounting the more dangerous challenges he faced with the Freedom Riders as the group’s nonviolent actions were met with beatings and imprisonment. Courage triumphed over brutality, and the book ends as the twenty-three-year-old Lewis is elected to lead the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and prepares for the 1963 March on Washington.
For a seat at this event, please register to attend at Politics-Prose.com. If we have reached capacity, others will be seated in the restaurant and will be able to watch via a video stream. All attendees will be able to be part of the book signing.
Reserve your seat soon. I have the feeling that this event will fill up very quickly.
Fight hunger and help young poets thrive as you welcome the new year with the hottest DJs, live dancers and music, games, food, 2 drinks per person with additional drink specials all night, interactive art, burlesque in the nerd, midnight countdown and more.
Busboy’s and Poets is located at 625 Monroe Street NE.
Earlier this week, the long awaited Starbuck’s at the Monroe Street Market development opened its doors. Check out this Tweet from Monroe Street Market, indicating that the store will start serving a full menu today.
In other Monroe Street Market development news, we are happy to report that the Busboys and Poets got their “tenant layout” license. This license is issued by DCRA and basically approves the layout of interior space for tenants in new or existing commercial buildings. From the Washington Business Journal:
625 Monroe St. NE: Tenant layout for the planned Busboys and Poets at theBozzuto Group’sMonroe Street Market in Brookland. The 7,400-square-foot restaurant, to be located in the Cornerstone building, will seat 238. It will be D.C.’s sixth Busboys and Poets, from entrepreneur and former mayoral candidate Andy Shallal, a graduate of nearby Catholic University.
The last time we wrote about the possibility of restaurant chain Busboys and Poets coming to our neighborhood it was February 2013. At that time all we really knew is that owner Andy Shallal was negotiating a lease on a space at Monroe Street Market. Today we learned from a Washington Post article that the deal has been finalized. The article states:
The Brookland Busboys will be a 7,400-square-foot restaurant overlooking a public square named for former Catholic University president David M. O’Connell, at the corner of Monroe Street and Michigan Avenue. It’s expected to open in the fall of 2014.
We appreciate that the Monroe Street Market team has been targeting proven, DC-based restaurants to anchor their development. Can’t wait to check the place out!
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.
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