Monday - Thursday : 9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday - Saturday : 9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Sunday : 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Shirlington is a neighborhood known as an “Urban Village” in the southern part of Arlington County, Virginia. The word “Shirlington” is a combination of “Shirley” (from the Shirley Highway or Interstate 395) and “Arlington”. It is mostly residential, but like most of Arlington County has been experiencing an economic renaissance and is now home to many retail and service establishments.
With an estimated population of about 206,800 residents, Arlington County is racially, ethnically and culturally diverse. It is located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. Formerly part of the District of Columbia, the land now comprising the county was retro ceded to Virginia 1847.
While not as large as the flagship location, Busboys Shirlington offers guests an intimate setting that has become pretty popular with neighbors and residents in the surrounding communities. With the increasingly familiar Busboys atmosphere and mission, urban villagers are able to create a community without having to venture far from home. In close proximity to the Signature Theatre and the Shirlington Library, Busboys and Poets at Shirlington Village creates an environment where shared conversations over food and drink allow the progressive, artistic and literary communities to dialogue, educate and interact.
Shirlington is Busboys and Poets' second location to open.
Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bookstore, fair trade market and gathering place where people can discuss issues of social justice and peace. Each Busboys and Poets location should enhance the community -- allowing us to bring together a diverse clientele reflective of the surrounding neighborhoods. Busboys and Poets creates an environment where shared conversations over food and drink allow the progressive, artistic and literary communities to dialogue, educate and interact.
Why the name? The name refers to American poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel in the 1930s, prior to gaining recognition as a poet. Rejected ideas for the restaurant's name include Writers Block Cafe, Broken Bread Cafe and White Rabbit Cafe, the latter inspired by The Matrix.
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