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Bill Cosby to attend Ben's Chili Bowl celebration

Thursday - 8/22/2013, 4:50am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bill Cosby will be on hand to celebrate the 55th anniversary of a Washington institution -- Ben's Chili Bowl.

The venerable greasy spoon on U Street, Northwest, is famous for its half-smoke sausages smothered in chili. It's long been a significant gathering place for African-Americans in the city. Ben's has endured in its original location despite the ups and downs of the surrounding neighborhood, which is now thriving.

Cosby is a longtime patron and booster of Ben's. He'll join the owners and other luminaries including Mayor Vincent Gray for the restaurant's anniversary celebration on Thursday.

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