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Ben’s Chili Bowl to land at Reagan National

With Bill Cosby acting as emcee, U Street eatery Ben’s Chili Bowl celebrated its 55th anniversary. Michael S. Williamson / The Washington Post With Bill Cosby acting as MC, U Street eatery Ben’s Chili Bowl celebrated its 55th anniversary. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

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Passengers traveling through Reagan National Airport will be able to get their half-smoke fix.

The D.C. institution – a favorite of Bill Cosby and President Barack Obama, will open its sixth outlet in the region in Terminal B, airport officials are expected to announce Wednesday.  Just a few weeks ago, the family of Ben Ali announced plans to open their first outlet outside of the District in Rosslyn, in the space formerly occupied by Ray’s Hell Burger.

The addition of Ben’s is part of an aggressive push by airport officials to revamp concession offerings at both Reagan National and Washington Dulles International airports. Along with passenger and airline fees, concessions are a major source of income for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which oversees operations at both airports.

Ben’s will be joined by Legal Seafood and Pinkberry, purveyors of frozen yogurt. Spanx is also planning to open an outlet at Reagan National. Those looking for a polo shirt fix will be please to hear that Reagan National will soon be home to Lacoste, Spanx and Brighton Collectables and Vineyard Vines. New tenants at Dulles include Tumi, Swarovski and ice cream shop Luv’n Berry.

The first wave of new offerings is expected to open Spring 2014.

Some social media thoughts on the announcement:





Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.



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