Our Story

Andy Shallal

Busboys and Poets is a community gathering place. First established in 2005, Busboys and Poets was founded by owner Andy Shallal, an artist, activist and restaurateur. After opening the flagship location at 14th and V Streets, NW, the neighboring residents and progressive community embraced Busboys, particularly activists opposed to the Iraq War. Busboys and Poets is now located in six distinctive neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area and is a cultural hub for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers.

Why the name?
The name Busboys and Poets refers to American poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel in the 1920s, prior to gaining recognition as a poet.

Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted... a place to take
a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul...
a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally
collide... we believe that by creating such a space we
can inspire social change and begin to transform our
community and the world.

Meet Our Tribe


Andy Shallal

ANDY SHALLAL / Founder/CEO

Fun Fact: What's your favorite hobby?

Q: What's your favorite hobby?
A: Painting

Community Involvement


Busboys and Poets invests in our local community and works closely to support like-minded events happening at Busboys and Poets and occasionally at other spaces. We believe that building community around shared beliefs and dialogue over food and drinks creates connections that are meaningful and lasting.

Upcoming Events


Dec 14, 2018 12:30 pm

Private Event: Lunch Meeting

Private Event | 450K

Private Event: Lunch Meeting

Dec 14, 2018 12:30 pm

Private Event | 450K

Busboys and Poets Presents: Board Game Happy Hour - 12.14.18

Dec 14, 2018 4:00 pm

Busboys and Poets Presents: Board Game Happy Hour…

In House Series | 450K

Busboys and Poets Presents: Board Game Happy Hour - 12.14.18

Busboys and Poets Presents: Board Game Happy Hour…

Dec 14, 2018 4:00 pm

In House Series | 450K

Dec 14, 2018 5:00 pm

Company Holiday Party

Private Event | Takoma

Company Holiday Party

Dec 14, 2018 5:00 pm

Private Event | Takoma

Dec 14, 2018 11:00 pm - Dec 15, 2018 1:00 am

11th Hour Poetry Slam Hosted by 2Deep 12.14.18

Poetry Reading/Open Mic | 14th & V

11th Hour Poetry Slam Hosted by 2Deep 12.14.18

Dec 14, 2018 11:00 pm - Dec 15, 2018 1:00 am

Poetry Reading/Open Mic | 14th & V