We Mourn the Loss of Ben Ali, Founder of Ben's Chili Bowl
- I am sorry to report the passing of Ben Ali. Please join us in expressing our deepest sympathy, condolences and prayers to the Ali family. Ben's Chili Bowl is a Washington institution and icon and we will miss Mr. Ali, an outstanding patriarch, entrepreneur and all-around good citizen.Kathy Henderson
Ben Ali, Founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl, Dies at 82
Dear family and friends:
We would like to thank you for your incredible outpouring of love and support. Your expressions have truly touched us. We appreciate you now as we have over the past 51 years.
With love and thanks,
The Ali Family
Celebration of Life
Friday, October 16th, 12 noon
1215 U Street (next to Ben's)
Ben Ali, founder of the world famous Ben’s Chili Bowl, passed away on Wednesday, October 7th at 10:15pm. He was at home with his wife, Virginia, and died peacefully of natural causes. He was 82.
Family, friends, and countless fans of Ben’s will sorely miss the energetic and unforgettable personality of Ben Ali. He was a true hero of the people and a great example of someone who actually epitomized the American dream. He and his loving wife Virginia created a landmark institution in D.C., tantalizing generations of residents and visitors with their spicy chili dogs and half smokes, but more importantly touching people of all walks of life with their exemplary dedication to the D.C. community.
Although Ben has moved on, his legacy continues with his family at the Chili Bowl helm. After surviving the 1968 riots and other challenges over the past 51 years, Ben has made sure that the Bowl will continue to serve its loyal customers for many years to come. Ben and the entire Ali family have given us something that is rare these days: a continued sense of family and community that only seems to get bigger and better. Ben Ali, we will miss you!