It's a sad day for D.C. residents and half-smoke
lovers everywhere: Ben Ali, co-founder of landmark greasy spoon Ben's Chili Bowl,
passed away last night. As DCist
points out, "the chili, half-smokes, cheese fries and shakes that have made Ben's Chili Bowl famous since it opened in 1958 are still prepared the same way today as they were when Ben first started."