“A new kind of gathering place!”
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 three distinctive neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area and is a community resource for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers. The First Busboys and Poets opened its doors on September 7, 2005, to a neighborhood - and city - eager to welcome a new kind of gathering place. Our flagship location at 14th & V Streets NW is located in the Langston Lofts, a residential building in Washington's historic 'U Street Corridor'. A partnership with Teaching for Change, a non-profit organization that provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write and change the world, was made to bring a bookstore into the space. Teaching for Change continues to operate the bookstore and carry various high-quality titles that promote social justice. The U Street Corridor has long been a center of DC's cultural and activist scene with places like the Lincoln Theatre, Howard Theatre, Bens Chili Bowl, Bohemian Caverns and other historic clubs and venues serving as the hub for politics and artistry. Until the 1920's (when it was overtaken by Harlem), the U Street area was home to the largest urban African American community in the United States. In its cultural heyday, the U Street corridor was known as "Black Broadway", a phrase coined by jazz singer Pearl Bailey. In 1968, the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr sparked rioting across many American cities. In Washington DC, the chaos began on the corner of 14th & U streets - as people smashed store windows, set buildings aflame and looted in outrage.
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Busboys & Poets
- Mon - Thu: 7:00 am - 12:00 am
- Fri: 7:00 am - 2:00 am
- Sat: 8:00 am - 2:00 am
- Sun: 8:00 am - 12:00 am
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