In October 2016, a brand new Busboys & Poets broke ground in Anacostia, making it the restaurant’s fifth D.C. location and first Southeast quadrant location. Originally, the delivery expected for the project was the spring of 2016, but it was later moved up to the summer of 2017. Now, UrbanTurf is reporting that the delivery date has been moved up once more to early 2018, some time between December 2017 and February 2018.
According to UrbanTurf, construction is roughly thee months behind schedule.
The building, located at 2004-2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, is being built out by nonprofit partner and landlord the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative.
Before the two-story, 1940-constructed building became vacant, it served as a bowling alley and furniture store. Unity Healthcare and the D.C. Primary Care Association expressed interested in redeveloping the building into a health facility, but the plans eventually fell through due to opposition from locals.
• Busboys and Poets in Anacostia May Not Open Until 2018 [UrbanTurf]
• Busboys & Poets Anacostia location breaks ground [Curbed DC]