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Uncle Julio’s Fights Paid Parking with Suit Against Boston Properties

by Catherine Douglas Moran January 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm 27 Comments

Another Reston Town Center restaurant is joining the fight against paid parking just months after the settlement of the first lawsuit challenging Boston Properties’ controversial parking system.

Uncle Julio’s filed a suit against Boston Properties and several affiliated limited liability companies for at least $5 million over the paid parking, the Washington Business Journal reported today (Jan. 11).

The Tex-Mex restaurant at 1827 Library Street claims in the suit that it has lost approximately $1 million in sales annually since paid parking was implemented in January 2017, according to the article.

Uncle Julio’s is suing RTC’s owners on several counts, including breach of contract and conspiracy, according to the story. Boston Properties has not yet responded to the lawsuit, which was filed on Dec. 21 in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Nearly two months ago, Boston Properties and Jackson’s Mighty Fine Food & Lucky Lounge settled a dispute over the developer’s paid parking system. Jackson’s filed its suit, which also alleged breach of contract, in March 2017, Reston Now previously reported

Boston Properties continues to face an uproar from many local businesses and residents. In 2018, nine businesses closed at RTC, with several owners and employees telling Reston Now that the paid parking drove customers away.

In December alone, two restaurants — Hen Penny and Obi Sushi — left.

This year doesn’t look any better. Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn, which are both operated by Williams-Sonoma Inc, are set to close at RTC later this month.

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  • johnQPublic

    isn’t there enough greed in the area already Boston properties. Epic fail charging for parking at the clown center.

    • John

      They were hoping it would be one more way to cash in on the silver line.

      • 30yearsinreston

        They introduced it so their construction workers could not get free parking
        They parked on North Shore Drive

    • 30yearsinreston

      Down forget the creepy app

  • John

    Uncle Julio’s and Clyde’s are the only two reasons to even go to RTC anyway. Otherwise it is just an overpriced outdoor mall for entitled suburban pre-teens.

    • OneReally

      And teens!

  • 30yearsinreston

    Next closure : Bowtie Cinema ?

    • Idris

      Doubt it as they get a LOT of business from high schoolers walking/biking there for dates.

  • 30yearsinreston

    Julios used to be lively and impossble to get a table without a huge wait
    It now feels like a faded saloon in a ghost town

  • Big Drop

    Including Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma (which close the end of January) there will be a total of twelve retail and restaurant outlets closed at Town Center. This is a vacancy rate greater than 20%. Several of these have been empty for more than a year. This is going to have a direct effect on BXP’s ability to lease future office space in Town Center.

    When Leidos moves who will take over the huge chunk of space they leave?

    • 30yearsinreston


  • ichhabegenug

    Potomac River Running is another superb business in RTC. I agree that BosProp was very much in the wrong to decree and institute paid parking at RTC.

  • Paul McClung

    Please, bring me back to shopping in the town I grew up in. I just won’t as long as I have to pay for parking. Now living in Ashburn and would pay road tolls to come to shop at RTC. Enough !!

  • Dan Marvin

    RTC is dead to me.

  • BP wake up

    BP put a big sign on the construction crain you have up that says free parking. Come enjoy all Reston Town Center has to offer. It’s going to get really bad. My wife has asked me why don’t we go over and see what’s at that Balduccis. Then we both go, then we’d have to figure out how to park. We drive over to Whole Foods instead. Went to see a movie the other night and drove to worldgate because I didn’t want to figure out how to park. We eat sushi about 3 to 4 times a month. We go to Ariakie, not obi sushi for years. Didn’t want to figure out how to park. Oh yeah can’t go to obi sushi anymore. See the trend. Do you think you’ll keep getting new leases when you have to start giving company’s your foot traffic numbers that include 2017 and 2018?

    • June McGurn

      Note that Balducci’s ALWAYS has FREE parking – upstairs in their building. No need to worry about the BP parking system at all, ever. Also, re the movie, parking in any structure is free after 5pm all week long, just don’t park on the street – that’s never free.

    • TommyR

      Balduccis has free 2 hour garage parking in their building. No app needed and completely separate from RTC issues. I’m their all the time for the sandwiches. Best custom made sandwiches. So many fresh ingredients that other so called sandwich shop fail to have available. Fresh avocado, goat cheese, roasted red peppers to name a few. Cheers

      • restonista

        When it was announced Balducci’s was coming to RTC, I emailed to tell them while I was excited they were coming back to Reston, I refuse to pay for parking. Not sure my voice made any difference in their negotiations with BP. Here we are now and I go to Balducci’s because I don’t need to pay or have an app. The other places, not so much….

    • BP wake up

      Thanks for the details. El fornio had the same deal, but didn’t help them avoid the impact. My point was it’s just easier to go somewhere else in the area, there are many options. You don’t even need to worry about it. It use to be fun to go to RTC. Lots of fun stuff, just pull in and enjoy. We use to just go over there without even having a reason to walk and enjoy the park. The parking has really tainted the entire place. I’m sure BP thought it would eventually settle down, but it has really put a negative vibe on the place. That can’t continue to be good for them, they need figure out how to change that.

      • 30yearsinreston

        Ditch the app and paid parking
        The morons @ BPX are too stupid to be allowed to make decisions

  • Reston Steve

    The parking system is the problem! If I had to take a ticket and then let the restaurant validate the ticket like EVERY OTHER PAID LOT ON EARTH, I wouldn’t have a problem with paid parking. But having to provide my credit card info in advance using a crappy app or kiosk is a non started for me. I go to Founding Farmer often and I have no issues with the paid parking and ticket validation process at Reston Station.

    • vdiv

      Dulles Airport parking has eliminated the tickets. Swipe credit card when you get in, camera reads the license plate, swipe it again to pay when you get out. No paper waste, less likely to lose CC than ticket, so is the hope.

      • Reston Steve

        At Dulles you have pay for every minute you are there . RTC is free for an hour, and free even longer with validation. Their stupid system makes me enter a payment method even though I know I will not be there long enough to incur any charges.

        • vdiv

          Dulles had a grace period during the holidays. As far as validation when paying for that restaurant or store bill with the same CC, validation could also be performed. It is painfully apparent the RTC system was not done for the convenience of the customers, even with the small concessions made so far.

    • David Romero

      You no longer have to use the app or kiosk after 5pm or weekends.

  • Mike M

    Git ’em, dawg!

  • Lynne Mulston

    You don’t get it! Consumers are a fickle bunch. Boston Properties has already KILLED the golden goose. All those faithful consumers who USED to frequent RTC have now MOVED ON to other centers that would never charge for parking.


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