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Ben’s Chili Bowl 50th Anniversary Celebration

Thanks to numerous readers for sending the following reminder:

WASHINGTON, DC — One block of U Street, NW, between 12th and 13th Streets, will be closed on Friday, August 22nd, for the 50th anniversary celebration of Ben’s Chili Bowl.

The roadway is scheduled to be blocked off beginning at 7am and reopened to traffic at 4pm. Parking restrictions will be in effect 1200 block of U Street and the 1200 block of Florida Avenue.

Ben’s Chili Bowl, located at 1213 U Street, NW, opened on August 22, 1958.

Date: Friday, August 22, 2008

Press Conference:

Time: 10:30AM

Place: On “U” Street in front of the Bowl

Program: Tribute from city officials, words from Ben & Virginia Ali,
and many special guests!

Block Party:

Time: Immediately following the press conference until 2:00PM

Place: “U” Street between 12th and 13th Street

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