Recently Opened Busboys and Poets Serves as Catalyst for Downtown Development  

The Howard Hughes Corporation announced on November 10th highly anticipated new restaurant and service retail offerings opening next year in Downtown Columbia’s Merriweather and Central Districts. These businesses are the latest retailers to establish a new location in the fast-growing “Third City” between Baltimore and Washington.

Three additional restaurants from the greater DC area join Andy Shallal in selecting the “Third City” as the location for the expansion of their businesses. Shallal’s new Busboys and Poets location in Merriweather District continues its role as a cultural collective and community connector, valued for its commitment to showcasing authors on both a local and national level. Merriweather District is Shallal’s largest location, offering a stand-alone, two-story building with ample indoor and outdoor seating areas on both levels.

The three new restaurants are:

PETER CHANG – 6000 Merriweather Drive, Suite B175, Columbia, MD 21044


Award-winning Szechuan Chef Peter Chang brings his signature cuisine to Merriweather District. His newest location is located in front of Color Burst Park and offers 2,900 SF of indoor dining as well as outdoor seating. His widely popular restaurants have earned accolades from The New York Times, Washington Post and Travel & Leisure. Peter Chang restaurant is anticipated to open Fall 2022.

TOASTIQUE – 6201 Mango Tree Road, Columbia, MD 21044

D.C.’s popular boutique gourmet toast and juice bar, Toastique, has selected Downtown Columbia’s Merriweather District for its fifth and latest location. Offering a fresh, chic and rustic café experience, the menu perfectly transitions from early on-the-go breakfast to corporate lunch and post sweat-session fuel-up. Toastique will be located in a stand-alone, 1,700 SF building with ample outdoor seating spilling into Color Burst Park. Toastique is anticipated to open in Summer 2022.

PO BOY JIM – 10000 Town Center Drive, Suite B, Columbia, MD 21044

Known as one of DC’s most popular establishments, this Black family-owned restaurant and bar specializes in Caribbean recipes with a Cajun flair. Opening its newest location in Columbia’s Central District, Po Boy Jim combines a menu of traditional and uniquely-crafted items throughout the day including brunch and late-night dining. This 2,100 SF sit-down restaurant is located at the base of The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia apartments. Po Boy Jim is anticipated to open Q1 2022.

“The post-pandemic leasing momentum represented by these five new additions to our retail landscape exemplify the growth momentum we are seeing throughout Downtown Columbia.” said Greg Fitchitt, President, Columbia, The Howard Hughes Corporation. “These tenants continue to build on the diverse and popular dining options we offer within Downtown Columbia.”

Additional retail businesses include:

INSPIRE NAILS – 6000 Merriweather Drive, Suite B110, Columbia, MD 21044

Inspire Nail Bar is bringing its eighth Maryland location to Merriweather District. The 2,000 SF nail bar is committed to high-end organic skincare and will open in Q2 2022.

AMANDA GALLAGHER ORTHODONTICS – 6000 Merriweather Drive, Suite B180, Columbia, MD 21044

Amanda Gallagher Whetzel, DMD, has grown her practice throughout the Baltimore region and is opening her fifth location in Downtown Columbia’s Merriweather District.  This new orthodontics office will be located at the base of Juniper apartments and opening in Q1 2022.

This announcement of upcoming openings follows the continued growth Downtown Columbia has seen over the past year. The activity has been occurring on multiple fronts: Construction of Merriweather District’s second apartment building, Marlow; community events and cultural programming including the regional draw of Books in Bloom; and the opening of the much-heralded Busboys and Poets restaurant as well as other retailers:

DOK KHAO THAI EATERY – 6000 Merriweather Drive, Suite B155, Columbia, MD 21044

Dok Khao Thai Eatery’s second location opened in August in Merriweather District. This popular restaurant features a menu inspired by some of Bangkok’s traditional offerings. The new location is 3,400 SF and located in front of Color Burst Park.  Merriweather District’s Dok Khao has over 100 seats, including outdoor, park-level seating.

YOGASIX – 6000 Merriweather Drive, Suite B160, Columbia, MD 21044

YogaSix opened in late September in Merriweather District and has been running indoor and outdoor classes. YogaSix’s newest studio in Downtown Columbia offers a sensory yoga experience accessible to all, with a variety of classes targeting strength, agility, flexibility and balance.

Openings earlier this year included Indian-fusion restaurant Clove and Cardamom and Baltimore favorites The Charmery ice cream shop and The Food Market restaurant in Downtown Columbia.

About Downtown Columbia

A development of The Howard Hughes Corporation, Downtown Columbia is located at the center of Columbia, MD, one of the first master planned communities in the U.S. founded by legendary developer James W. Rouse in 1967. Conveniently located between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Columbia is comprised of 14,000 acres including ten completed residential villages and a deep pipeline of commercial development opportunities within its Downtown. At full buildout, the redeveloped 391 acres of Downtown Columbia will include three new and reconfigured neighborhoods – the Merriweather District®, Lakefront District and Central District—featuring more than 14 million square feet of residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, and public uses including public parks, trails and more.

For more information about The Howard Hughes Corporation’s redevelopment of Downtown Columbia and the creative hub in development within the Merriweather District, please visit

About The Howard Hughes Corporation 

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country’s preeminent portfolio of master planned cities and communities, as well as operating properties and development opportunities including: the Seaport District in New York; Downtown Columbia®, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills®, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. and Douglas Ranch in Phoenix. The Howard Hughes Corporation’s portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative placemaking, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC. For additional information visit

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