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Appearing on NPR earlier this week, Andy Shallal, the activist owner of Busboys & Poets, was asked whether he could see himself one day following in the footsteps of another restaurateur turned politico, Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.
Shallal was pretty adamant:
“God forbid. That’s not – no. I don’t have any real political aspirations in that sense. I’m not looking to run for office. I think what I do is much more effective, much more in line with, certainly, my values and the way that I like to do things. I think, running for office, you have to, sort of, give up so many things that you otherwise don’t have to do when you’re running your own business.”