Howard County Executive Calvin Ball Breaks Ground on Largest ‘Busboys and Poets’

Announced via press release yesterday:

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball helped break ground on the nation’s largest Busboys & Poets, the first in the Baltimore region. The Washington, DC-based restaurant, bookstore and event space will construct 10,700-square-foot, two-story location in the Merriweather District of Downtown Columbia. Busboys & Poets currently has seven locations across the Washington Metropolitan area and is a cultural hub for artists and activists, as well as a highly rated restaurant. The groundbreaking ceremony featured a HoCoPoLitSo spoken word performance from Lady Brion, as well as remarks from County Executive Calvin Ball, Council Chair Christiana Mercer Rigby, Council member Deb Jung, Howard Hughes Columbia President Greg Fitchitt, and Busboys and Poets founder Andy Shallal. Photos of the event can be found here.

“Howard County, a place where we value inclusion, culture, learning, empowerment, and the arts, will be the perfect home for the flagship Busboys & Poets, as we continue to create a vibrant, fun, and walkable hub in Columbia,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “Busboys & Poets is beloved across the DC-metro area for good food, wonderful books, and exciting arts and lecture events. We are thrilled to welcome them to our new Merriweather District, where they will join some of the nation’s the best entertainment amenities, innovative businesses, and natural beauty. The future of the best city in America continues to grow brighter.”

Busboys & Poets will be a stand-alone, two-story building featuring indoor and outdoor seating, all-day dining options, and a curated book collection. The store will showcase books and authors—on both a local and national level—who have contributed to conversations around social change. The grand opening of the Merriweather District, including Busboys and Poets, is scheduled for 2020.


Scott E

(note – article image provided in press release)

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