Ben's Chili Bowl / Minnehaha Theater

Ben's Chili Bowl / Minnehaha Theater (HMDEA)

Location: Washington, DC 20009
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 55.027', W 77° 1.728'

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1213 U Street, NW

— African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC —

Ben's Chili Bowl, founded in 1958 by Ben and Virginia Ali, is one of the oldest continuous businesses on U Street. It is also one of the few to survive both the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and the years of the disruptive Metro construction in the late 1980s. Thanks in part to the patronage of entertainer Bill Cosby, Ben's has become a national landmark. The restaurant occupies the former Minnehaha Theater, a 1910 movie house owned and operated from 1913 to 1920 by Sherman H. Dudley, once a leading vaudeville performer and entrepreneur.

[Photo caption:] Ben's Chili Bowl, 1958
Collection of Ben's Chili Bowl

DC Historic Site
Cultural Tourism, DC
Series This marker is part of the Washington, D.C.: African American Heritage Trail series
Placed ByCultural Tourism DC - Funded by the DC Historic Preservation Office
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 4:40pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 324110 N 4309535
Decimal Degrees38.91711667, -77.02880000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.027', W 77° 1.728'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 1.62" N, 77° 1' 43.68" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1213 U St NW, Washington DC 20009, US
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