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Maketto is a communal marketplace located in Washington DC combining retail, restaurant and cafe experiences.

The space features a modern/minimal attitude and includes a mix of 2 buildings, a courtyard, a roof deck, and a catwalk connecting the different spaces together.


Busboys and Poets

Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bookstore, lounge, and theater in Washington, D.C., founded in 2005 by Andy Shallal.

The name refers to American poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel in the 1930s, prior to gaining recognition as a poet.


Sankofa Cafe

Sankofa Cafe is a relaxed coffeehouse offering light cafe bites plus African-focused books & film screenings.




Marvin is a small neighborhood restaurant and a mainstay of DC’s eclectic bar and club scene. From the time of its founding in 2007, it has provided common ground—both literal and figurative—for members of the vibrant and diverse community it serves.

The team drew inspiration from soul singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye’s period of self-imposed exile in Belgium. Marvin’s menu is an ode to both the culinary landscape that defined Gaye’s formative years in the Shaw neighborhood of DC, and the regional cuisine he encountered during his travels.