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Dcist: Update on New Venue at Ben’s Chili Bowl

by Borderstan.com December 26, 2008 at 6:56 pm 1 Comment

Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street NW recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. It now has the next-door space and will open a new restaurant there. (Image: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

From today on Dcist:

Native Son To Helm “Next Door” Kitchen
The Post reports that Rahman “Rock” Harper — former “Hell’s Kitchen” winner and an Alexandria native — will return to the area to run the show at Next Door, the new U Street space neighboring Ben’s Chili Bowl.

Next Door is slated to open in time for the Inauguration. Harper, who in 2007 managed to skirt Gordon Ramsey’s caterwauling long enough to win $250,000 and a job at Green Valley Ranch Resort in Vegas, was previously the Executive Chef at B. Smith’s in Union Station. Harper’s arrival also signals a slight change in direction for the space — Next Door had been looking like a long bar featuring little more than Ben’s staples. But with Harper at the helm, the space is looking at installing tables and significantly upping the menu selections.

Comments (1)

  1. I was wondering whether Rock had given up cooking. When in vegas earlier in the year, we went to the Italian Restaurant at Green valley Ranch only to find out that he wasn;t cooking there any more and was working in guest relations. It seems no-one has lasted beyond their prize for any Hell’s Kitchen.

    Great to hear Rock is back in the Kitchen – we’ll have ot put it on our itinerary for our next trip to the USA

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