Ben’s Chili Bowl turns 60, and part of U St. will be closed for celebration

Co-owner Virginia Ali's landmark restaurant, Ben's Chili Bowl, marks its 60th anniversary Wednesday, and the party will close streets and impact parking on U Street. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)(AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — D.C. icon Ben’s Chili Bowl is celebrating its 60th anniversary Wednesday, and the celebration (scheduled for 11 a.m.–3 p.m.) will close streets and impact parking in the U Street corridor.

The westbound lanes of U Street will be closed between 11th and 13th streets Northwest from 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

That same stretch will be totally closed from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, no parking will be allowed on this stretch of U from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. (If you’re parked in the area, you’ll be ticketed and towed.)

D.C. police warn that drivers and commuters in the area could see significant delays due to congestion.

They suggest drivers find alternate routes and to be cautious of pedestrian traffic.

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Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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