Today, 1211 U Street NW is home to Next Door Restaurant & Bar—the Ali family’s more, sophisticated alternative to the legendary Ben’s Chili Bowl. But, in 1947, it was a local hot spot called Lewis and Alex’s Restaurant where an inexperienced Harry Belafonte got his start in “the business”. Ironically, his stint at the restaurant ended almost as soon as it began. The manager fired young Harry after a single, unmemorable set. So don’t sweat that pink slip. Even future legends get fired!!