Ben’s Chili Bowl plans new satellite restaurant across the river in Rosslyn
Georgetown University isn’t the only classic D.C. institution considering an expansion into the Rosslyn area. Starting in early 2014, famed hot dog and chili eatery Ben’s Chili Bowl will open a new store across the river from Georgetown.
The new store will replace Ray’s Hell Burger in the Colonial Village Shopping Center on Wilson Boulevard. According to Ben’s Chili Bowl co-owner Nizam Ben Ali, Rosslyn was chosen for its greater accessibility for customers.
“Sometimes it’s very difficult to get to Ben’s on U Street, with the parking,” Ali said, according to the Post. “As we grow, we want to test out different markets and we hope the love will be there in Arlington as it is on U Street.” While parking probably isn’t a concern for most students, Rosslyn obviously has a GUTS bus stop, making it a much better location for a Ben’s Chili Bowl than U Street.
Ben’s Chili Bowl holds a special place in D.C. history. Having survived 1968 race riots and the construction of the U Street Metro Station, Ben’s Chili Bowl continues to serve celebrities and is a popular tourist site. In particular, Bill Cosby and Barack Obama are some of the owners’ favorite customers. A sign in Ben’s Chili Bowl states that only Cosby, Obama, and their families get to eat there for free.
Vox hopes the new location serves the same quality food that the U Street one does. For students who might end up living in a Rosslyn satellite residence, the new Ben’s Chili Bowl is looking like Epicurean on steroids.
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