Residents of the D.C. suburbs with a hankering for a chili half-smoke may not have to go all the way to 13th and U streets NW or Nationals Park to satisfy their urge for much longer.

As Housing Complex reported today, Ben’s Chili Bowl is moving forward with plans to open franchise locations in new spots. Under consideration: Clarendon, Springfield, Prince George’s County, Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle, and other places.

Would those famous half-smokes still taste as good if they’re cooked on a grill that hasn’t been cooking them for decades? (And yes, the same question goes for the ones they’re serving at the ballpark.) Leave your predictions for a suburban Ben’s in the comments.

Photo by Tim Carman