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Metro Brief: Busboys and Poets to open restaurant in Ward 8

District of Columbia

On November 25, 2014

This building in Ward 8 will house the restaurant, a culinary school and more.
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The Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative and Busboys and Poets have announced a partnership to open a restaurant and hospitality and culinary leadership training institute in Ward 8 on Martin Luther King Ave., SE.

At the press conference on Wednesday, the two partners announced that a full service Busboys and Poets restaurant will occupy approximately 7,000-square feet in the building owned and operated by the Ward 8 based nonprofit. Busboys and Poets also highlighted its plans to operate a full-scale hospitality and culinary arts leadership training institute and new office space for the Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative.

The joint enture was planned with Ward 8 residents in mind. “Employment opportunities in these fields are flourishing – in the nation’s capital, and FSFSC wants to ensure Ward 8 residents are prepared and well equipped to compete for jobs in the field of culinary arts and hospitality,” said Perry Moon, executive director of FSFSC. “In addition, Busboys and Poets is bringing a needed amenity to the neighborhood.”

For 18 years, FSFSC has partnered with residents, agencies, and institutions in the Southeast community to ensure a healthy and positive environment for families. The Hospitality and Culinary Leadership Institute will be one more step in providing resources and tools for residents of Ward 8.

For more information on the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, visit

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