About - Bens Chili Bowl

Frank White, Business Development
1213 U Street | Washington, District of Columbia, 20009

In 1958, newlyweds Ben and Virginia Ali used $5,000 to begin renovating a building at 1213 U Street.

Built in 1910, it first housed a silent movie house called the Minnehaha Theater. Later, Harry Beckley, one of D.C.s first Black police detectives, converted it into a pool hall.

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I ordered a big ben without tomato. My waitress nearly understood english. When served my burger 35 minutes later it came with tomato. I ordered a chocolate milkshake. I was served an oreo milkshake & had to send it back. Do not come here. Service is bad. Food isn’t great. & prices are outrageous.

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