Andy Shallal, bookstore/restaurant owner, neighborhood redeveloper
People didn't know what to make of Shallal when he opened Busboys and Poets, his Langston Hughes tribute bookstore-restaurant, along Washington's Black Broadway, the U Street corridor. The naturalized Iraqi American, who became obsessed with Harlem's renaissance in school, has expanded to Shirlington, Fifth and K streets NW and Hyattsville. He sees himself as an activist first, businessman second. “I call him ‘democracy’s restaurateur,' " Ralph Nader says.
For The Washington Post