Watch Out, Ben’s! Half-Smoke Vet To Open His Own Chili Bowl
Anthony Ulysses Holmon, a former employee of D.C.'s venerable Ben's Chili Bowl, is opening his own half-smoke hotspot called D.C. Chili Bowl. Holmon says he'll be serving kosher hotdogs—an apparent affront to Ben's brass, which he describes as hostile to change. The existing 54-year-old half-smoke emporium serves only non-kosher franks. "I believe the Hebrew hot dog is a better tasting beef dog, plus it's a kosher product," Holmon tells WTOP. "You want to offer the product to everybody, all nationalities. That will add another layer of customers." Holmon is looking to open his own shop along trendy H Street NE—the same neighborhood where his former employer is planning to open its own half-smoke outpost.