New Directions for P&P and Busboys

In late 2014, Politics and Prose was invited to manage the book sections at several of the Busboys and Poets restaurants in the Washington area. We eagerly accepted, embarking on what turned out to be a great collaboration between two D.C. businesses deeply committed to building community and promoting public discussion of ideas, cultural issues, and current events.

The book spaces that we’ve been operating in the Busboys located at 14th and V Streets NW, 5th and K Streets NW, and Takoma reflect the literary vibrancy of those neighborhoods and have been meaningful ventures for P&P. In addition to expanding the selection of books at these Busboys venues, we’ve hosted a wide range of authors there. We’re grateful to Andy Shallal, owner of Busboys and Poets, for suggesting this innovative partnership and for giving space to books and authors in his restaurants, believing as we do in the power of literature to enliven, educate, and enrich peoples’ lives.

Now Busboys and Poets has decided to expand its book operations and move toward staffing and running its own bookstores at all locations over the next few weeks. This means that P&P will be phasing out its involvement with Busboys.

We’d like to thank the many customers who have shopped at P&P’s Busboys locations and helped make them the success they are today. All P&P memberships purchased at any of the Busboys locations will still be honored at the main store and on P&P’s website or can be refunded on a pro-rated basis. All P&P events at Busboys currently on the calendar will proceed as scheduled, and we encourage everyone to take a look at what’s coming up.

Our venture with Busboys represented P&P’s first foray into retail locations beyond the main bookstore on Connecticut Avenue NW. This experience underscored for us the interest that many have in seeing more bookstores in a city that loves to read. We remain committed to bringing more books, authors, and literary events to the Washington region and plan to announce some other initiatives soon. Stay tuned!

— Brad and Lissa