Ben Ali (businessman)
|Born||Mahaboob Ben Ali
June 13, 1927
|Died||October 7, 2009(aged 82)|
|Known for||Ben's Chili Bowl|
Mahaboob Ben Ali (June 13, 1927 – October 7, 2009), known as Ben Ali, was a Trinidadian-born American businessman and restaurateur, of Indian extraction. Ali co-founded Ben's Chili Bowl, a landmark restaurant located on U Street in Washington D.C., with his wife, Virginia Ali, in 1958. Ben's Chili Bowl has since attracted presidents, celebrities and politicians.
Ben Ali was born Mahaboob Ben Ali in Trinidad on June 13, 1927. He was the firstborn child of seven in a Muslim family. Ali's grandparents had immigrated to Trinidad from northern India. He was raised in the town of San Juan, Trinidad, which is located east of Port-of-Spain.
Ali enrolled at the University of Nebraska, but suffered a broken back as the result of a fall down an elevator shaft while at the school. He spent months recovering from the accident. Following his recovery, Ali attended four separate universities before earning his bachelor's degree from Howard University in Washington D.C.
Due to Islamic prohibitions against consuming pork, Ben Ali never consumed some of his restaurant's popular offerings.
An episode of Man vs. Food was made in tribute to him.
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