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Media FAQs

Q: What's the correct spelling of the restaurant name?
A: Busboys and Poets. We do not use the ampersand in our name. Frequent incorrect spellings include: BusBoys & Poets, Bus Boys and Poets, and Busboys & Poets.

Q: Is it true that Busboys and Poets has a special event rate for photoshoots and/or videoshoots?
A: Yes! We offer our private event spaces to photographers and videographers for a small location fee of $25 per hour. This rate is available Monday - Wednesday between 8:00am - 11:00am, schedule permitting. Prior approval is required by contacting our Marketing & Events Team.

Q: I am a reporter/journalist/blogger/media organization that would like to survey and videotape customers at Busboys and Poets. Is this allowed?
A: Yes! Because Busboys and Poets is first and foremost a restaurant, we want to foster the dining experience for our patrons with as little disruption as possible. Camera crews should be small (1-3 people including reporter and camera person) and using a portable camera. Prior approval is required by contacting our Marketing & Events Team.

Q: Who should I talk to about advertisement and marketing pitches?
A: Although Busboys and Poets does not have a marketing budget, we welcome and consider all advertisement and marketing inquiries. Please email with a detailed outline of your pitch.

Q: I'm a photographer and would like to shoot photos of Busboys and Poets for an assignment (event write-up, food and beverage, etc.) Who should I contact?
A: Please contact our Marketing & Events Team for prior approval. Note: Busboys and Poets has the rights to use all and any photos taken inside and/or of its property.

Q: Who are some famous individuals that have visited Busboys and Poets?
A: Music: Common, Harry Belafonte, Ray J, Keri Hilson, Jordin Sparks, La Roux, Melanie Fiona, Fabolous, Moby, Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey, and India Arie. Television: Sherri Shepherd, Larry King, Anthony Bourdain, Samantha Brown, Kate Gosselin, Matt Dillon. Activists/Poets/Authors/Politicians: Howard Zinn, Naomi Klein, Alice Walker, Cornel West, Sonia Sanchez, Howard Dean, Amy Goodman, Dick Gregory, Sonia Sanchez, Barbara Ehrenreich, Ben Jealous, Angela Davis. Athletes Patrick Ewing, Etan Thomas, Alonzo Mourning