Nice Tribute to Ben Ali in New York Times

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“Ben Ali was a businessman with a plan. He gave all three of his sons the middle name Ben in case one of them ever took over Ben’s Chili Bowl, the restaurant he opened in the de facto segregated District of Columbia of 1958. It turned out that two of them, Kamal and Nizam, did just that, and by the time their father died, they had long ago proved equal to the task, turning a neighborhood haunt for chili dogs and chili cheeseburgers into an internationally known business, with annual sales exceeding $5 million.”

You can read the rest of the tribute here.

3 Comment

  • They love the community and all, yet it looks like they couldn’t be bothered to shovel the sidewalk in front of their restaurant.

  • I was surprised to read in the Post article that Ben Ali, a practicing Muslim, never ate any of the pork half-smokes that helped make his restaurant so famous. He had quite a few jobs before going into the restaurant business too.

  • Once again Yannis Gangrene, is the hater. Why don’t you complement Ben’s on their long service to the District. What D F is a little Snow.

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