A Busboys and Poets Takeover at Uniontown Bar and Grill?

We checked in on rumors that a fifth Busboys was headed to the shuttered Anacostia eatery’s former space.

Uniontown Bar and Grill—site of the next Busboys and Poets? Photograph courtesy of Flickr user M.V. Jantsen.

Last week, Prince of Petworth shared the gossip that local chain Busboys and Poets—a collection of four community-focused neighborhood cafes—was planning a fifth location inside the shuttered Uniontown Bar and Grill at 2200 Martin Luther King Avenue, Southeast, in Anacostia.

There may be truth to those rumors. “This is still a work in progress,” Anas “Andy” Shallal, owner and proprietor of Busboys, told us in an e-mail Sunday. While it’s too early to talk details, he promised to keep us posted as plans developed.

In an August 24 article, the Washington Post‘s Mike DeBonis reported that Uniontown’s landlord evicted the company that owned the restaurant after it failed to pay rent to the tune of $18,000. The news followed an incident last November in which owner Natasha Dasher was charged “in a federal drug-trafficking investigation that tracked 65 kilograms of
cocaine from Texas to the doorstep of her office in Fort Washington,” according to the Post. With Uniontown’s closure, neighbors lost a well-loved gathering spot. Perhaps Busboys can fill that gap.

We’ll update you with developments as we learn of them.