No, Founding Farmers didn’t take over the space of the old chili parlor. The bean supplier was a footnote in D.C.’s gastronomic history long before the International Monetary Fund opened its second building in 2005 in the 1900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
In fact, Founding Farmer’s address, 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, is two digits off the original address for the Texas Chili Parlor, which occupied a storefront at 1926 for decades in the mid-20th century. The parlor was not only known for its chili mac but also for a nasty feud between the owners. They didn’t speak to each other for years, even though they worked under the same roof.
I’ll explain more in next week’s Young & Hungry. I’ll also explain one man’s quest to keep this famous chili alive, nearly 40 years after the dish’s creator died.