60 Years and counting

Our Legacy

 
 

Virginia Ali is now 85 years old and she started the restaurant with her husband Ben when she was only 24. On August 22, 2019, Ben’s Chili Bowl will turn 61.  But it’s not just a birthday for Ben’s, it’s a celebration of DC’s African American history, culture, and character.  It’s a celebration of our city, and U Street’s resilience.

DC’s residents have a long history of bouncing back from hard times.   Our Black community is front and center in this story and Ben’s is a perfect case study – a study in our quest of freedom and it’s ongoing re-definition.

 

Ben’s Chili Bowl Through the Years

 Celebrities Love Ben’s Chili Bowl!

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars

Bono

Bono

George Clinton

George Clinton

Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon

DJ Khaled

DJ Khaled

George Lopez

George Lopez

John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo

Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson

Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan

George Bush

George Bush

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain

Donnie Simpson and Family

Donnie Simpson and Family

Chris Rock

Chris Rock

Man vs. Food

Man vs. Food

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige