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Morton's Valet Parking Rip Off In Reston


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Morton's Valet Parking Rip Off In Reston

Joe | Aug 24, 2001 05:36 PM

About 800 spaces have been closed in Reston Town Center because of a dispute between the two principals who own and operate this. (In a tightening economy they have the good sense to alienate business!!!) The result is that parking has become very difficult often involving lengthy walks from perimeter garages of 3 to 5 blocks to a particular restaurant.
Still, valet parking can be found for free at the Market Street Grill in the Hyatt. But not at the new Morton's where they charge $8.00 to park your car.
For comparison valet parking at Morton's in Georgetown (where there really is no parking) is $5.00 and at Morton's at Tyson's it is $3.00. Many restaurants in both downtown Washington and Bethesda have either complimentary valet parking or only charge a reasonable amount.
But not the three week old Morton's at Reston Town Center.
I am going to host a rehearsal dinner for a wedding party in several months. I had originally planned to have the twenty or so of us visit the new Morton's. Well, after this certainly no. We'll go to the Market Street Grill in the Hyatt instead who are not attempting to gouge prospective customers.
Morton's doesn't need the $2,000 I would have spent for this meal there. They have their parking charge to survive on, ignoring the fact that for steak houses Angelos and Maxie's is a block away and eight minutes away Tyson's has Sam and Harry's, The Palm, Fleming's,The Capitol Grille, JR's Stockyard and another Morton's. Actually the Market Street Grill is somewhat less expensive anyway.
This is one restaurant in the Washington area that I will NEVER visit. Come to think of it I doubt that I will visit any of the three other Morton's in the D. C. area either.

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