His successful restaurants serve up food and act as a community gathering spot, often in neighborhoods in transition. Now Andy Shallal is planning a Busboys and Poets in Anacostia. The new establishment, in a former furniture store, will offer food, poetry, books, music and community dialogue. We explore Shallal’s plans for his newest site and his recipe for making the neighborhood locals feel welcome at each of his restaurants.


  • Andy Shallal Owner of Busboys and Poets

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