Ben’s Chili Bowl Founder Ben Ali Dies at 82

by 10 years ago


[inline:ben2]Don’t tell me we’re entering the Autumn of Death now? Ben Ali, the founder of Washington, D.C., local favorite Ben’s Chili Bowl died yesterday at the age of 82. According to DCist: “The chili, half-smokes, cheese fries and shakes that have made Ben’s Chili Bowl famous since it opened in 1958 are still prepared the same way today as they were when Ben and Virginia first started. Apart from its food, Ben’s Chili Bowl is most famous for being the only U Street business to have survived the looting associated with the 1968 riots.” A photo of that glorious half smoke is after the jump.

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