Washington D.C.’s ‘Ben’s Chili Bowl’ Opening in Food Court at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

| February 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore announced that Washington D.C.’s Ben’s Chili Bowl will join the mix of tenants at its Baltimore Marketplace food court, which is currently undergoing a $1-million renovation. Ben’s Chili Bowl will take over a space on the north end of the food court where Heavy Seas Burger and B’more Chicken & Donuts previously had restaurants.

Ben’s Chili Bowl is an inter-generational family business that has served up its famous Half-Smokes and other dishes to U.S. President Barack Obama, late civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, and celebrities including Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon, Bono, Bruno Mars, Kevin Durant, Serena Williams, Kevin Hart, Chance the Rapper, and regular Dave Chapelle.

Ben’s Chili Bowl is slated to open its Horseshoe Baltimore location in early March. The restaurant will feature its Half-Smokes (grilled and served on a warm steamed bun) and Classic Chili Dogs (available in four options: Jumbo Beef, Jumbo Turkey, Veggie Dog and Junior Dog), as well as its Angus Beef Burgers, Veggie Burgers, Turkey Burgers, Chili Cheese Fries, Chili Bowls (Con Carne and Veggie/Vegan), and Hand-Spun Milkshakes.

Ben and Virginia Ali opened the original Ben’s Chili Bowl at 1213 U Street in Washington, D.C. in 1958. Ben’s Chili Bowl began expanding in 2008 and now has additional locations in National Park; FedEx Field; Capital One Arena: Rosslyn, Virginia; the H Street neighborhood; and Reagan National Airport.

While Ben Ali passed away in 2009, his family – including Virginia – carries on the traditions at Ben’s Chili Bowl.

“For years, Marylanders have been asking us when we would open a restaurant in their home state,” said Virginia Ali in a press release. “We’re thrilled to now have that opportunity. Joining with Horseshoe Baltimore is a great way to write the next chapter in Ben’s Chili Bowl’s history. We can’t wait to expand our traditions of great food, great service and active community engagement to Charm City.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased to serve as Ben’s Chili Bowl’s first home in Maryland,” said Horseshoe Baltimore Senior Vice President and General Manager Randall Conroy in a press release. “This will be more than just a place to enjoy a great meal. It will be a piece of history that extends a long and proud tradition of excellence and connects Baltimore and D.C.”

Last month, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore announced Philadelphia cheesesteak and hoagie restaurant Tony Luke’s would also be a new vendor at the Baltimore Marketplace.

Currently open in the food court is Lenny’s Deli, Piezetta, and Guy’s Bar-B-Que Joint.

The renovated Baltimore Marketplace is one of several new investments at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. Last year it invested $15 million to open a 10,000 sq. ft. outdoor gaming deck called The Terrace and $1 million for the new Caesars Rewards Experience Center. It also added new entrances and walkways so families with kids could go to GDL Italian and Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen + Bar without entering the gaming floor.

CBAC, the ownership team of Horseshoe Casino, is also planing an entertainment-based, mixed-use development along Warner St. that connects the casino to M&T Bank Stadium. Already announced is Topgolf and music venue The Paramount Baltimore, both of which are expected to begin construction next year. CBAC is also eyeing a hotel and additional entertainment venues for this corridor.

Photos courtesy of Ben’s Chili Bowl’s Facebook Page

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