Earlier this week, Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal kicked off his campaign to be D.C.'s next mayor at Ben's Chili Bowl.
For the uninitiated: Bus Boys and Poets regularly hosts author readings and community events; Ben's Chili Bowl is where people go at 1 a.m., usually after several hours of drinking on U Street. Sure the venue, which is located in the Shaw neighborhood of northwest Washington, has become a symbol of the neighborhood's history since its founding in 1958. We get why politicians want to capitalize on that. But someone needs to tell these guys they're doing it wrong.
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