Busboys & Poets Expands Service

Restaurateur Andy Shallal confirms interest in Skyland

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Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke last month at a red carpet opening of Busboys & Poets in Anacostia, 2004 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. Photo: John Muller

Following a frenetic first month of operations in Anacostia, limited by afternoon and evening hours, restaurateur Andy Shallal addressed Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8A’s April 2 meeting to provide a brief on Busboys’ expanded service. Starting this month, weekday breakfast begins at 7 a.m. and a Sunday brunch menu will be available with a 10 a.m. open.

“Please be patient as our staff is getting off their feet and really trying very, very hard,” Shallal said, after thanking the community for its support as new and veteran staff become acclimated. “We hire not so much for technical skills as much as for heart and soul. And people that have a good heart can oftentimes succeed in this kind of industry.”

Additionally, Shallal confirmed his continued interest to partner with the Skyland development underway atop Good Hope Road at the junction of Alabama Avenue and Naylor Road SE in Ward 7.

“I had a meeting with them today,” Shallal reported. “It’s probably too preliminary to have this conversation right now but we are definitely looking at Skyland as a different concept that many of you may be familiar with … Eatonville.”

The Southern-themed restaurant, inspired by the works of author and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston, opened at 14th and V streets NW, adjacent to the original Busboys, in 2009 and closed in 2015.

“We are looking at the possibility of bringing back Eatonville in Ward 7,” offered Shallal.

For hours and reservations call 202-889-1374 or visit facebook.com/BusboysAndPoetsAnacostia/ or www.busboysandpoets.com/locations/