Ben's Chili Bowl: 50 Years of a Washington D.C. Landmark

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From the days when U Street was hailed as "Black Broadway" to the current revitalization and gentrification of the new millennium, Ben's Chili Bowl survived it all. On August 22, 1958, West Indian immigrant Mahaboob Ben Ali and his fiancée, Virginia Rollins, saw their dream realized as they opened a hot dog and chili shop on U Street. They never imagined that Ben's would become world renowned or such a beloved restaurant in the nation's capital. Today visitors to U Street will find a diverse and eclectic mix of residents, music venues, trendy shops, and, of course, "the Bowl." The images in this book provide a look back over the 50-year history of Ben's Chili Bowl, U Street, the Ali family, and the patrons who have helped define Ben's as a vibrant cultural landmark.
ISBN: 9780738554242
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: District of Columbia
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Tracey Gold Bennett has written and produced news for numerous radio and television stations around the country and has also worked as a columnist for the Washington Examiner. This is her third book on Washington, D.C.'s rich African American history. For the past 10 years, Nizam B. Ali has worked side by side with his brother Kamal at the restaurant established by their parents, Ben and Virginia Ali. They continue to work tirelessly to ensure the longevity and success of the landmark.
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