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Did you know andy shallal created the peace ball?

Hey Cuties,

It is freezing cold here in the DC area; I’m talking 19 degrees cold. I bundled up and braved the cold so I could go out and meet an incredible guy. His name is Anas “Andy” Shallal; he is an artist, activist, local philanthropist, and entrepreneur.  He is famously known in the Washington, DC area as the owner of Busboys and Poets. He is an Iraqi-American that has lived in the Washington, DC area for over 50 years. He and his establishment have become true pillars of the community.

Busboys and Poets

Busboys and Poets Tribal Statement:  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…a space we inspired by social change and begin to transform our community and the world.

Interview on the Busboys and Poets:

Q: What was your inspiration behind the Busboys and Poets Brand? 00:23 

Q: You have six locations, how do you determine the next area to move into? 01:56

Q: How do you determine what books to have in the bookstore? 03:00

Q: When a customer enters Busboys and Poets, what kind of experience do you want them to have? 04:00

Q: What is your favorite item on the menu? 05:50

Q: How do you decide what is on your menu? 06:49

Tickets are sold out!

The Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance will take place on January 19th 8PM – 1AM.  Hello all night long.  This is a gathering to celebrate the accomplishments and successes of the past 4 years and the vow to continue to be the change we want to see in the world.  This is a nonpartisan event.

They have an incredible list of guest, here are a few…

Angela Davis – Activist, scholar, Alice Walker – poet, activist author The Color Purple, Danny Glover – Actor, film director, activist, Melissa Harris-Perry – writer, professor, TV host, political commentator (former MSNBC), Ashley Judd – activist, actress, daughter of Naomi Judd, Esperanza Spalding – jazz bassist, singer (musical prodigy), José Andrés – Chef, restaurant owner, Solange Knowles, singer, songwriter and many more…

Interview on the Peace Ball:

Q: Why the Peace Ball? 00:00

Q: What is it like to host this year’s ball at the African American History & Culture Museum? 01:48 
{The exhibits will be open the entire night.}

Q: The incredible line up and gushing over Solange. 02:40

Q:  How do determine who you want to have in the room?  03:17

Q: The sense of urgency for this type of event given our climate. 04:20

Q: What do you want people to take away from the Peace Ball? 05:35

Mi & Andy

I had such an amazing time chatting with Andy. It was like we’d known each other for years. We certainly bonded over our love for food and laughter. This is the kind of person you want in your community. He makes sure you have delicious food, he is active in his community and he is just a great person. He makes you want to be a better person and I admire that.

Have you had the Busboys and Poet experience? If not the next time you are in the DC/MD/VA area please do yourself a favor and stop in for a meal or catch a show.

Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.

Join the discussion

  1. Alli Smith

    I’m bookmarking this page for the next time I’m in DC. I’ve never heard of or visited Busboys and Poets, but I sure would like to eat there and catch a show.

  2. Dawn McAlexander

    What a wonderful interview. It’s great to see people making a difference in our community. These are the type of people we should all aspire to be like.

  3. Carissa

    Great Interview! Congratulations! If I am ever in the area I would love to stop here…seems like something my husband and I would love!

  4. Daria

    I have never heard of him but his history is very interesting. I admire his love for his community. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom

    This sounds like an amazing event! And he sounds great! I love when people put their money where their mouth is and work to make changes. Thanks for sharing this!

  6. lisa

    What a fantastic interview. Busboys and Poets sounds like such a soulful experience. I would love to check it out.

  7. Angelic Sinova

    One of my best friends lives in DC, so I visit a lot, and I’ve passes by Busboys and Poets a few times! Great interview. The Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance sounds awesome.

  8. candy

    Andy sounds like a really great guy. You must have been excited to talk with him and learn so much. Museum worth going to visit.

  9. Pam

    I have never heard of Busboys and Poets before now. If I am ever in the DC area I will be sure to check it out.

  10. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    This sounds like a wonderful opportunity. Congratulations! Wonderful interview! If we ever visit this area, we’d love to stop by this place!

  11. Eva

    I have been to the restaurants more than a few times. The food is good, and the atmosphere is cool. Sound like the event will be a whole lot of fun! Love the museum…

    • MimiCuteLips

      Right, I appreciate a consistent good time at an establishment. This event sounds like a dream, this is a helluva way to kick off 2017.

  12. Ty

    Great interview. I have never heard of him or the Peace Ball. This post is very enlightening. Hopefully I will be able to check it out.

  13. Keisha

    Great insight into the man behind a DMV staple! It makes no sense that I’ve yet to visit this place as much as I used to frequent D.C. Hopefully I can fit a visit in this summer.

  14. Rebecca Swenor

    This is a great interview indeed. I didn’t know anything about the Busboys and Poets Tribal Statement until your post/ interview. The Peace Ball sounds like it is going to be an amazing event. Thanks for sharing the interview and information.

  15. Annemarie LeBlanc

    These places are too far from where I live, but that doesn’t mean I can’t or won’t be able to go there. I’m going to have to remember to visit Busboys and Poets. It looks like it will guarantee good food and a good time.

  16. Anosa

    Well done on the interview and what an amazing opportunity. I have not heard of the busboys and poets before.

  17. Joanna

    Great interview. I haven’t heard of Busboys and Poets, but it looks like a great place. I’m going to tell my cousins about this. They’re not far from DC.

  18. Tammy

    More of this please!! Positivity is what I am here for. Great interview.

  19. Kenya

    I know the old man would love this place. I am planning try to come to D.C. This summer I’ll have to bookmark this.

  20. Dee

    This was an awesome interview. I love to see people doing great things in their community. I am going to have to put this on my list to visit.

  21. Ayanna

    Great interview! Busboys and Poets sounds like my kind of place. A place you can eat good food and hang out for awhile. The next time I’m in DC I’ll have to check it out

  22. Tanya Barnett

    I love Busboys & Poets! This looks like it is going to be an amazing event. When I saw the list of speakers, I was so excited.

  23. Kita Bryant

    I haven’t been to DC yet. But when I make it out there, this is for sure on my to-do list. Very interesting!

  24. Kirstin Fuller

    Great interview! I love me some ‘Busboys & Poets!” The food and the service is always great. Can’t wait to see where the next location will open. The ‘Peace Ball’ sounds like the event of the season!

  25. Ali

    I loved this interview. This is now on my list of places to check out next time I am in the DC area. Thanks for sharing about this establishment!

  26. Terri Beavers

    First of all, I can’t imagine 19 degree weather as I sit with my air conditioner on, lol. I’ve never been to DC and have not had a Busboys and Poet experience, yet. Maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll open a branch here sometime.

  27. Garf

    I’ve never heard of or visited Busboys and Poets but sounds like it is a great place to check out while in the area.

  28. LaShawn

    I was JUST at Bus Boys and Poets over the Christmas break! I went to the one in Hyattsville. It was my first time there, and I loved the atmosphere and the food!

  29. Stacie

    It’s nice that you got to interview the owner. Seems like a cool place to hang out.

  30. Martine - MeUnfinished

    Mimi this was a really cool interview and I can’t wait to go visit it when I come back to the DC area (I have some friends I intend to visit in Virginia this year). I love this type of place. It breaks from the mundane same-old same-old type of places we go to usually. Thanks for the tip!

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