Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bookstore, lounge, and theater in Washington, D.C., founded in 2005. It has been described as a haven for writers, thinkers and performers from America's progressive social and political movements, and has quickly become a national model for a contemporary third place (your hangout after your home and workplace).
If you feel like relaxing at the end of the day with a good book, then meeting friends for drinks, staying for dinner, then catching a rather intellectual film, lecture or comedy show, you can do all of that at Busboys. The name of the venue is inspired by Langston Hughes who was discovered as a poet while he was a busboy, and the theme carries through. There's a literature-oriented bookstore; a bar; lots of couches and informal sitting areas; a menu emphasizing freshness, simplicity and creativity; and last but not least, an actual enclosed theater with raised stage. In the theatre room, one can attend writers workshops, films, lectures, live music, poetry, comedy, receptions, fundraisers... check out their event calendar.
Busboys is representative of a growing retail entertainment trend based on the emerging experience economy, where venues provide an experience rather than just a service or product, by combining several venues in one.