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Not many airport restaurants warrant a ribbon cutting, but Ben’s Chili Bowl is going all out for the debut of its new location at Reagan National. No, Bill Cosby will not be on-site, as he was several months ago for the opening of the half-smoke shop’s Rosslyn location. (Presumably, though, he still eats for free.) But there is a press conference and performances by The Chuck Brown Band to usher in the latest eatery of the B and C Terminal.
The pre-security spot will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s the latest in Ben’s expansion push this year. Aside from the Rosslyn outpost—the first standalone location in the restaurant’s 55 years—another location is coming to H Street NE in the coming months. Ben’s also has stands at Nationals Park and FedEx Field.
Y&H wrote a column several months ago about whether Ben’s Chili Bowl can keep its soul as it expands, which you can read here.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery