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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 seven distinctive neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area as well as Charles Village in Baltimore, MD and Merriweather Pavillion at Columbia, MD- Busboys and Poets is proud to be a cultural hub for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers.