Posts Tagged ‘Bill Cosby’

Cosby-Light Ben’s Chili Bowl Opens Wednesday on H Street NE

The Ali family declines to comment on anything related to Bill Cosby.

Can Ben’s Chili Bowl Expand and Keep Its Soul?

By 3:30 p.m. the day after Ben’s Chili Bowl opened its new location in Rosslyn last week, the line still stretched to the very back of the restaurant. It’d been that way, if not curving down the sidewalk, since 11 a.m., said co-owner Nizam Ali, when a crowd was already waiting for the doors to […]

Bill Cosby Helps Open Arlington’s Ben’s Chili Bowl

Throngs of D.C.-area residents ventured to a Rosslyn strip mall today in the hopes of seeing Bill Cosby. A few actually managed it. The comedic legend and longtime Ben’s Chili Bowl supporter was there to cut the ribbon at the restaurant’s new location—only the second free-standing one to open in more than 55 years. The […]

Bill Cosby Joins Love Fest for Ben’s Chili Bowl’s 55th Anniversary

Only five people eat for free at Ben’s Chili Bowl: the four members of the Obama family and Bill Cosby. So it was only appropriate that Cosby, a longtime Ben’s advocate and half-smoke fanatic, joined co-founder Virginia Ali and her family to ring in Ben’s 55th anniversary today. Cosby was joined by Mayor Vince Gray, […]

Tell the World You Eat Like the President

Y&H isn't sure why it took Ben's Chili Bowl more than a year to capitalize on Barack Obama's visit to the landmark eatery. Maybe brothers Kamal and Nizam Ali wanted to wait long enough so people forgot that, technically, Obama was only the president-elect when he dropped by in early January '09. Obama wouldn't be sworn […]

Bill Cosby Still Sweet on the Half-Smoke at Age 72

At 72, Bill Cosby might be at an age when his doctor looks the comedian dead in the eye and says, "Bill, I'm telling you, if you want to see 73, lay off the half-smokes." Well, if Cos has ever heard those words, he's not heeding them. Nizam Ali, youngest son of founders Virginia and the late […]

Have a Special Memory of Ben’s? Share It at Ben Ali’s Memorial.

All three of Ben Ali's sons plan to speak at the memorial service set for Friday at the Lincoln Theatre, right next door to the greasy spoon he made famous.  Mayor Adrian Fenty may speak, too, but as of this afternoon, no other people, famous or otherwise, are scheduled to honor the founder of Ben's […]

Despite Founder’s Death, It Was Business As Usual at Ben’s

No one but the employees knew about Ben Ali's death. The managers of Ben's Chili Bowl had told their employees this morning that Ben Ali died in his bed last night, but they didn't want their customers in the restaurant to know yet. So there was nary a clue at the landmark U Street eatery. […]

The Political Importance of the Half-Smoke

From Dave Jamieson's 2007 pre-Obama visit investigation of the importance of the half-smoke, and of Ben's Chili Bowl in particular. As New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller reportedly quipped while on the hustings in 1969, “No man can hope to get elected in New York state without being photographed eating hot dogs at Nathan’s Famous.” The […]

A Beer a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Feeling guilty about the mass quantities of beer we consumed over the past week, we decided to check out some of the rumors we recently heard about beer being ... well, good for you. Turns out that having one to three glasses of beer a day has been proven to have benefits for your health–as […]

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