WASHINGTON -- The Ben Ali Way alley between the Lincoln Theatre and Ben's Chili Bowl off U Street NW has received a colorful facelift. A mural by local artist Aniekan Udofia was completed earlier this week.

Replacing the tagged brick wall is four of Ben's most famous patrons: stand up comic Bill Cosby, President Obama, radio personality Donnie Simpson and the late "Godfather of Go-Go" Chuck Brown. Though only two of these four men ate for free, they will now be permanently living at Ben's.

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  • Bill Cosby

  • President Barack Obama

  • Donnie Simpson

  • Chuck Brown

  • Chuck Brown, Donnie Simpson

  • President Barack Obama, Bill Cosby

  • President Barack Obama, Bill Cosby

  • Ben's Chili Bowl

  • Ben's Chili Bowl

  • Barack Obama, Adrian Fenty

    FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2009 file photo, then-President-elect Barack Obama waves to onlookers as he leaves Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington where he stopped to eat with then-Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty, second from left. Call it the Obama effect: a presidential visit can be good advertising for the restaurants and businesses. Interest in where and what Obama and his family does can be explained with one word: authenticity. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

  • Ben's Chili Bowl

  • Ben's Chili Bowl

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