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If These Walls Could Talk: Busboys and Poets debuts Hyattsville location
By Tiffani Long

New Busboys and Poets location in Hyattsville, Maryland

Maryland prepared its tips for the busboys and snaps for the poets upon the grand opening of Busboys and Poets’ new location in Hyattsville.  With two locations in DC and one in Virginia, Busboys and Poets made its long awaited debut in Hyattsville, Maryland on Monday.  Busboys and Poets, founded in 2005 by Anas “Andy” Shallal, prides itself on being a community gathering place; a place where artists, activists, writers, thinkers, and dreamers can feel at home.  The menu is consistent across locations, offering a variety of food such as pizza, sandwiches, paninis, burgers, soups, salads, seafood dishes, coffee, desserts, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, and more.  Along with food, the new neighbors will offer the community a melting pot of arts, culture, and politics.

The Howard Zinn Room

The Hyattsville site is the largest location thus far, with a diverse decor of wooden seats and tables, sofas, love seats, as well as a bar and a plethora of artwork displayed around the one floor space to give it a life of its own.  Located at the rear of the building is The Howard Zinn Room, a theatre room where another bar is located.  The new location will jump start its events this week, offering free coffee to the community on Wednesday and Friday from 7:00a.m. to 10:00a.m. and an Open Mic Poetry night on Thursday at 9:00p.m., which will also be free of charge.  Location address: 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 104, Hyattsville, MD 20781. For more information on this new location and its events, visit


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