Owner of Busboys and Poets Considering Mayoral Run

October 15, 2013

Restaurateur Andy Shallal says he is closer to launching a mayoral run and will establish an exploratory committee to begin raising funds for the effort. Shallal — Iraqi-born owner of the Busboys and Poets mini-empire, known for serving up progressive politics, art and literature alongside the pizzas and paninis — said he has gone so far as to interview potential treasurers and campaign managers, but his ultimate decision on whether to run comes down to dollars and cents.

“It will be how much money I can raise,” he said. “It is essential I am a serious candidate. I want to be a serious candidate.”


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