Episode #1: Entrepreneurial Activism (Busboys & Poets)

Andy and Paige in the Langston Room

Busboys and Poets is a community gathering place. First established in 2005 Busboys and Poets was created by owner Anas “Andy” Shallal, an Iraqi-American artist, activist and restaurateur. After opening, the flagship location at 14th and V Streets, NW (Washington DC), the neighboring residents and the progressive community, embraced Busboys, especially activists opposed to the Iraq War. Busboys and Poets is now located in three distinctive neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area and is a community resource for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers.


Additional Participants: W. Ellington Felton, Michelle Webb, Wytold, Chuck Perkins, Prashanth Shanmugan, Lindsay Jakiel, Myke Pollard, Solomon Slyce and Paradise Grey.



  1. RasCras says:

    exciting episode and super dope mixing of art and interview. Andy Shallal is doing great stuff in the DMV. Food is solid and crowd is right up my alley. Continue your journey Angle.

  2. T. Jones says:

    This is my spot when I come to DC. Revolutionary restaurant. Great interview and perspective from the owner of Busboys and Poets.

Leave a Comment



Do Your Angle Today!

If you're in Washington, DC, call and schedule a time to come by our studio and contribute to our Documentary Web Series. Also catch us on the road as well. We might be traveling to a city near you.