Mayor Fenty Remembers Ben Ali

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty issued the following statement following the death of Ben Ali, founder and namesake of Ben’s Chili Bowl:

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the founder and namesake of Ben’s Chili Bowl, one of the greatest treasures in the District of Columbia.  Ben Ali was a man who invested his life in a small business that weathered many storms and became the soul of a neighborhood and the pride of our city.  Though we mourn the loss of Mr. Ali, we are grateful that his legacy will live on in our hearts. On behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia, I want to thank the Ali family for sharing Ben with us.”


Ben Ali (1927-2009)

Photo courtesy of Ben’s Chili Bowl

Read more on the death of this legendary Washingtonian:

The Washington Post

The Associated Press


The New York Times


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