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Bens Chili Bowl has been a U Street staple since its founding by newlyweds Ben and Virginia Ali in 1958. It is now the site of a new mural commissioned by MuralsDC featuring President Barack Obama, comedian Bill Cosby, the Godfather of Go-go Chuck Brown and D.C. radio personality Donnie Simpson. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Ben's Chili Bowl has been a U Street staple since its founding by newlyweds Ben and Virginia Ali in 1958. It is now the site of a new mural commissioned by MuralsDC featuring President Barack Obama, comedian Bill Cosby, the "Godfather of Go-go" Chuck Brown and D.C. radio personality Donnie Simpson. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Mayor Vincent Gray joined local officials and patrons for the murals grand unveiling, which is located in the alley between the Lincoln Theater and Bens Chili Bowl. Theres something D.C. about being in the alley, he said. I dont know how many of you frequent Bens, but I do. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Mayor Vincent Gray joined local officials and patrons for the mural's grand unveiling, which is located in the alley between the Lincoln Theater and Ben's Chili Bowl. "There's something D.C. about being in the alley," he said. "I don't know how many of you frequent [Ben's], but I do." (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Ward 1 Jim Graham founded MuralsDC in 2007 to help replace illegal graffiti throughout the city with artistic work. Since its inception, the program has created more than 30 pieces throughout the city. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Ward 1 Jim Graham founded MuralsDC in 2007 to help replace illegal graffiti throughout the city with artistic work. Since it's inception, the program has created more than 30 pieces throughout the city. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
I am pleased to see that MuralsDC has been embraced by the entire city, Graham said in a statement. Its a win, win for everyone. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
I am pleased to see that MuralsDC has been embraced by the entire city," Graham said in a statement. "It's a win, win for everyone." (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Members from Chuck Browns family were also on hand. When we see you all puffed up and listening to his music, it helps us get through his death, Browns daughter KK said.(WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Members from Chuck Brown's family were also on hand. "When we see you all puffed up and listening to his music, it helps us get through [his death]," Brown's daughter KK said.(WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
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I think that everybody knows that Bill Cosby was a dear friend of the Ali family and has been in Bens Chili Bowl so many times that we cant even count anymore, Gray said. Hes one of the people who helped spread the word about Bens Chili Bowl far and near. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
"I think that everybody knows that Bill Cosby was a dear friend of the Ali family and has been in Ben's Chili Bowl so many times that we can't even count anymore," Gray said. "He's one of the people who helped spread the word about Ben's Chili Bowl far and near." (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
It is rumored that Cosby met his wife, Camille, at Bens. Others say they met during a stand-up performance in D.C. Only one thing is certain the couple frequented the restaurant throughout their lives. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
It is rumored that Cosby met his wife, Camille, at Ben's. Others say they met during a stand-up performance in D.C. Only one thing is certain: the couple frequented the restaurant throughout their lives. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Only the Obamas and Cosby are given special treatment at Bens. Both eat for free. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Only the Obamas and Cosby are given special treatment at Ben's. Both eat for free. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Ive never done a mural where the person on the mural is actually here, joked artist Aniekan Udofia (left). He poses with Donnie Simpson, who hosted The Donnie Simpson Morning Show from 1993 to 2010. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
"I've never done a mural where the person on the mural is actually here," joked artist Aniekan Udofia (left). He poses with Donnie Simpson, who hosted The Donnie Simpson Morning Show from 1993 to 2010. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Browns daughter is impressed with how closely her fathers image looks like him. He would have loved it, she said. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Brown's daughter is impressed with how closely her father's image looks like him. "He would have loved it," she said. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
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