Andy Shallal may be running for mayor, but that’s not stopping him from continuing his rapid expansion of his restaurant mini-empire. A Busboys and Poets location will open in the Monroe Street Market development that’s nearing completion near the Brookland Metro station in Edgewood, Shallal confirms to my colleague Perry Stein.
The latest iteration of the restaurant/bookstore/progressive event space is the store’s sixth announced location, following news earlier this year that a Busboys would be coming to Takoma. The Brookland location will be 7,400 square feet and is expected to open next fall, according to the Washington Post.
When finished, the $200 million Monroe Street Market will include three buildings, an arts walk lined with studios, more than 550 apartments, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, a gym, and a restaurant from the owners of Meridian Pint.
Busboys owner Shallal is currently running a longshot mayoral campaign that pits him against four sitting D.C. councilmembers—-Tommy Wells, Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans, and Vincent Orange—-as well as incumbent Mayor Vince Gray, who announced his plans to run for re-election yesterday.
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