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Ben Ali, Founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl, Dies at 82

The founder of the iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl passed away last night at home at the age of 82 from natural causes.  The below is from the press release from the family…

Family, friends, and countless fans of Ben’s will sorely miss the energetic and unforgettable personality of Ben Ali.  He was a true hero of the people and a great example of someone who actually epitomized the American dream.  He and his loving wife Virginia created a landmark institution in D.C., tantalizing generations of residents and visitors with their spicy chili dogs and half smokes, but more importantly touching people of all walks of life with their exemplary dedication to the D.C. community.

Although Ben has moved on, his legacy continues with his family at the Chili Bowl helm.  After surviving the 1968 riots and other challenges over the past 51 years, Ben has made sure that the Bowl will continue to serve its loyal customers for many years to come.   Ben and the entire Ali family have given us something that is rare these days: a continued sense of family and community that only seems to get bigger and better.  Ben Ali, we will miss you!


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