Mrs. Virginia Ali and sons (from left) Nizam, Haidar and Kamal stand in front of Ben's Chili Bowl, a Washington institution which plans to expand in the near future. (Courtesy of Ben's Chili Bowl)
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Ben's Chili Bowl, the iconic D.C. restaurant patronized by luminaries ranging from Martin Luther King Jr. and Ella Fitzgerald to Bill Cosby and President Barack Obama, will open the doors Thursday to its new location in Northern Virginia, its first new stand-alone site in more than 55 years.
Additional Ben's Chili Bowl eateries open next year at Ronald Reagan National Airport, and on Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Va. Another District restaurant will open on 10th and H Streets in Northeast.