A few hours before the Redskins’ final preseason game was scheduled to begin, I learned something more interesting than anything that could possibly happen in a fourth preseason game: Ben’s Chili Bowl is coming to FedEx Field this fall.
I’ll update this with more details as I get them, but for now, all I know is that Ben’s will have kiosks on the club level and on the upper-level concourse.
Update: Since I take concession reporting quite seriously, here are those details. Ben’s will have kiosks at section 341 in the club level and section 420 in the upper level. Both kiosks will offer half-smokes, chili dogs and bowls of chili. The 400-level stand will also have fries and chili cheese fries, while the 300-level will instead offer nachos, due to issues with getting a fryer into the space.
As for why and how this happened, the company is in the midst of an expansion plan; they’re hoping to open two corporate stores within the next 12 to 18 months, one in the District and the other in Northern Virginia. If all goes well, the long term plan is to expand further and possibly franchise more establishments.
After seeing some media coverage of these plans, the Redskins reached out to the Ben’s business development folks, who were thrilled at the possibility.
“We jumped all over it,” Frank L. White, the company's business development and real estate officer told me. “We think it’s a good opportunity for the brand, and a good opportunity for exposure of the product. We don’t have anything on this side of the city, and we love the Redskins.”