After years in development, it's about time to close in on the opening of the Atlas District Ben's Chili Bowl.
The restaurant said on its blog that it will open July 8. They'll have a ribbon cutting that day at 11 a.m.
The hours will be the same as the U Street location (open 6 a.m. for breakfast, closing 2 a.m. weekdays and 4 a.m. weekends). There will be a soft-service ice cream machine, as well as Ben's Upstairs, a separate restaurant and bar with a rooftop that will open in the next two to three months. A patio is in the works, too.