Young and Hungry

Could a Rival to Ben’s Chili Bowl Help Resurrect the Capital City Diner?

Anthony Ulysses Holmon, the former night manager at Ben's Chili Bowl who's now vying to open his own competing eatery, D.C. Chili Bowl, tells WTOP that he's interested in taking over Trinidad's shuttered Capital City Diner. Speaking to Y&H on Thursday, Holmon similarly mentioned the vacant 1940s-style diner on Bladensburg Road NE among a handful of possible locations for his own version of D.C.'s iconic half-smoke hub. "The diner's nice," Holmon says. "I've been there a couple of times just because I like the way it looks. It's old-school." Holmon says he's reached out to owner Matt Ashburn to discuss. He's waiting to hear back. The way Holmon tells it, a chili bowl-style concept inside the silvery diner could be a win-win for both parties. "For him to put that much money, that much sweat and tears, for it to be empty, I would be willing to work out a partnership with him," Holmon says. "He owns the building. And I've got a sure-fire menu that will sell."

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  • Lala

    That would be nice. Maybe he'll be smart enoguh to do some community outreach and remind the late night folks on H St that they exist. I woudl go there over Denny's if the food is good, the hours are consistent, the prices are close to Denny's, and the menu looks tasty.

  • anthony ulysses holmon

    I totally agree with all of your comments. I am big on being apart of the community we serve. We will have competing prices with Denny's and we will definitely offer some great menu items. Thank you for your comment. Follow us on Twitter @dcchilibowl

  • Grumpy

    I'm for it...Ben's will always 'be' but no harm in something else coming around.

    Ben's (no fault of their doing) gets by on nostalgia moreso because the old Briggs family long ago sold their brand off and the meats aren't the same quality like the old days.

    We'll see...