Some of you may already be familiar with Andy Shallal, the Washington, DC restauranteur who operates a chain of socialist themed eateries named Busboys and Poets. He attempted (unsuccessfully) to break into politics a few years ago when he ran for Mayor of DC. Like many in his line of work, Shallal has been hit hard by the coronavirus as people avoid restaurants and bars either due to government mandates or their own prudence. This has led him to recently lay off hundreds of his wait staff at all locations, but he still claims he needs more help, so he’s looking to Uncle Sam for a bailout. (Free Beacon)
A socialism-themed restaurant chain in Washington, D.C., run by a multimillionaire former mayoral candidate laid off hundreds of staffers this week due to the city’s coronavirus restrictions, according to reports…
“This is dramatic. This is not a joke,” Shallal told DCist, adding that he is applying for loans from the D.C. government to keep the business afloat. “How’s that going to play out?” he asked the outlet. “It’s going to break the bank, but someone needs to come through.”
Shallal told the outlet that he is also looking at government programs that can help his former employees and said they are welcome to get free lunches at any of his open locations.
Normally, this would just be another sad story of a business being hit by the pandemic and workers finding themselves on the unemployment lines. And at least on the surface, that’s totally true. But when you look a bit deeper into the owner’s history, you’ll find that his actions today really don’t match the rhetoric he’s famous for.