(Updated at 2:55 p.m.) The bar and restaurant above the Ben’s Chili Bowl on the H Street corridor has a new name after about a year in business.
Ten 01 (1001 H St. NE), which the owners of Ben’s Chili Bowl opened last fall, is now Ben’s Upstairs. The switch officially happened over the weekend, Ben’s spokesman Manuel Iguina said.
— Ben's Upstairs (@bensupstairs) September 16, 2016
“As part of the Ali family’s full service restaurant group, it became obvious that an address name,’ was not inclusive,” Iguina said in an email. “The full service restaurants are either ‘Ben’s Next Door’ or now ‘Ben’s Upstairs’ and reflect that they are part of the overall family brand.”
Ben’s Upstairs bills itself on its website as “Southern with a splash of Caribbean.”
The restaurant has a fried green tomato BLT ($12), fried oysters po’ boy ($12), jerked salmon ($21) and meat loaf ($19), among other dishes.
“We are all very exited and cant wait to share food, fun, and good times with the neighborhood,” Iguina said.
Ten 01 served jerked salmon, but few of the other items at Ben’s Upstairs.
The old restaurant said on its website it had “spirited and creative food,” including a pork belly sandwich and shrimp and half-smoke corn dogs, which have disappeared from the menu.
Photo via Facebook/Ben’s Upstairs