Ben's Chili Bowl opened a new location in the District Wednesday, but the celebration has been overshadowed by the controversy surrounding Bill Cosby, one of the restaurant's most famous customers.
There is a photo of Cosby, a longtime family friend, on the far wall of the new restaurant at 10th and H streets in Northeast D.C.
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Ben's Chili Bowl co-founder Virginia Ali for the ribbon cutting. FOX 5's Bob Barnard asked Bowser about the mural of Cosby outside Ben's flagship restaurant on U Street in Northwest D.C.
"I am very troubled by the allegations as I think many people are," said Bowser. "I know that the family, the owners of Ben's Chili Bowl, have had a long affiliation and I know that they're making some decisions about how Mr. Cosby will be represented at their locations and I want to give them the time to do that."
On Monday, The Associated Press revealed Cosby admitted in 2005 to obtaining quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.
Some people have suggested the mural should come down following the revelation.