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October 8, 2009

Founder of Ben's Chili Bowl dies



Ben Ali, founder of the DC institution Ben's Chili Bowl, died yesterday at age 82. According to the Web site, it was of natural causes.

If you don't know about the place, check out the history on its site. Pretty impressive.

Thanks to chowsearch for alerting me.

(Photo courtesy of Ben's Chili Bowl)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 3:36 PM | | Comments (1)


Thanks for the link, EL. I knew that Ben's is on what was considered "Black Broadway" but the rest of the history is pretty awe inspiring too. Plus I hear they serve one great bowl of chili!

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