Andy's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Crazy Babbling Sunshine

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Washington, DC

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 8

  • ON DVD:

ANDY SHALLAL

Restaurateur/Owner
Bus Boys and Poets

“I learned from my failures a lot and used them for a launching pad for the next project.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Food Politics

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Community Experience Failure Passion Self-Reflection Talent Negativity Perseverance Support & Encouragement Inspiration Success Values Choices Transitions Exploration Family Culture Beliefs & Faith

FOUNDATION:

Communicating / Sharing Stories

TAGS:

conversations, destiny, education system, evolution, happiness, hospitality, immigrant, Iraq, learning, lifestyle, medical school, music, open mind, pleasing others, poetry, politics, quitting, restaurant business, service, trial and error

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Family moved to U.S. from Iraq when he was 11 years old.
  • Finished college early, got into medical school at Howard University.
  • Realized that medical school wasn’t for him and quit after one semester; says he’s never afraid to quit something.
  • While working as a waiter on the West Coast, realized he loved the restaurant business.
  • Opened his first restaurant in northern Virginia; opened and sold restaurants for some time to build a portfolio.
  • Finally opened his dream restaurant, Busboys and Poets; built as a “vehicle” for conversation, more than just a restaurant.
  • Opened the restaurant in his hometown, Washington D.C., in an effort to give back to his community, honor its history.
  • Stresses that he had many failed restaurants before he found a concept that worked, was successful.

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