Our Team


General Manager

Ashaad has managed some of DC's best known restaurants. He's helped contribute to the growth and development of a D.C. startup; helping to quadruple growth. His passion for food and beverage is electric. He is proud to be part of the Ben's family and help contribute to their bright future.


Special Events Manager

With 20+ years in the event management, catering and design field, I am proud to share a winning perspective with the energetic and talent team of managers at Ben’s Next Door, and guests as well.  We have everything you need to plan private events, a meet and greet, or dinner parties—all we need is you!


Catering / Shipping Manager

I have been with Next Door for over 5 years and handle the off-site catering, vending, large order drop-off services as well as oversee Ben's Chili Bowl's gift shop on the 2nd floor above Next Door. I am also the shipping manager and ship out Next Door's Famous Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and She Crab Soup to folks all over the country. I look forward to working with you on your catering or your shipping order. Call me at 202-667-8889 or 1-877-484-BENS if I can be of service.


Kitchen Manager

Juan is the OG. He started as a cook 9 years ago under Chef Rock and worked his way up through the ranks. He enjoys cooking and spending time with his family.

Kamal and Nizam Ali


As sons of Ben and Virginia Ali, Founders of Ben's Chili Bowl in 1958, Kamal and Nizam Ali with their wives and family opened Ben's Next Door right next to their beloved Chili Bowl. The idea was simple, to create a full service restaurant with the same friendliness and community atmosphere as Ben's Chili Bowl, with exceptional food, signature dishes, live music and delicious and creative drinks. In creating a place to watch sports games, enjoying U Street's hottest Brunch, catch great live music with no cover charge or meeting new friends at the 53ft bar, the dream has been realized.

Photos compliments of: Rodney Choice, Choice Photography, www.choicephotography.com

Join Our Team

Would you like to join our growing team? Ben's Next Door is always accepting applications for all positions (servers, bartenders, bar-backs, hosts/hostesses, managers, cooks, prep etc.). Please send us an email with your resume, your work availability, and any other useful information.

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