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Seven New Restaurants Sign on at The Boro in Tysons Corner, Va.

Fish Taco, Bluestone Lane, North Italia, Flower Child, Tasty Kabob, Tropical Smoothie Café and Taylor Gourmet are coming to Meridian’s DC-area project


Bethesda, Md.-based developer The Meridian Group has announced seven food and drink retailers and two service businesses that will open in 2019 at The Boro in Tysons Corner, Va., about 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C.

The restaurants and cafés include Fish Taco, Bluestone Lane, North Italia, Flower Child, Tasty Kabob, Tropical Smoothie Café and Taylor Gourmet. The service businesses are MyEyeDr. and Boro Cleaners.

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“We truly have a vibrant community growing here—a dynamic, amenity-rich place that will hum with life day and night,” Meridian President David Cheek said in a prepared statement.

Boro Cleaners, Taylor Gourmet and Tropical Smothie Café will be located on Greensboro Drive, Bluestone Lane will be in Boro Park and the remaining businesses will be located on Boro Place.

H&R Retail’s David Ward and Geoffrey Mackler represented the developer in all of the deals.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome both national and local tenants to The Boro,” Mackler told Commercial Observer via email. “We are excited for the first cohesive, walkable, open-air project to Tyson’s.” Neither Mackler nor a Meridian spokesman would disclose the tenants’ asking rent per square footage.

James Crilley and Sebastian Restifo of H&R Retail negotiated casual taqueria Fish Taco’s 3,400 square-foot location. Restifo along with H&R Retail’s Bradley Buslik represented coffee shop Bluestone Lane for its 1,100-square-foot space. Buslik also negotiated MyEyeDr.’s 1,900-square-foot eyewear store. None of the brokers returned CO’s requests for comments on the leases.

Tom Papadopoulos of Papadopoulos Properties represented full-service Italian restaurant North Italia for its 6,200-square-foot restaurant, as well as the fast-casual restaurant Flower Child’s 3,600-square-foot location. The two eateries are the only businesses that are new to the D.C. market, Papadopoulos told Commercial Observer, adding that both leases are 10 years with additional year options.

Papadopoulos said that the business owners chose The Boro because it’s an “outstanding mixed-use project” that will be “the only real project with pedestrian traffic in Tysons” with easy access to the rest of the area.

Your Equity SolutionsMike Azimi represented casual Halal restaurant Tasty Kabob’s first brick-and-mortar location—a 2,100-square-foot shop on Boro Place. Azimi told CO that he could not comment on the lease because he no longer represents the eatery.

Alex Miller and Connor McCarthy of Miller Walker Retail Real Estate negotiated Tropical Smoothie Café’s 1,200-square-foot outpost. Asadoorian Retail SolutionsJohn Asadoorian represented hoagie shop Taylor Gourmet for its 2,300-square-foot eatery. None of the brokers returned CO’s request for comment.

Z Commercial’s John Zeaser, who did not return CO’s request for comment, represented dry-cleaning service Boro Cleaners for its 1,000-square-foot location.

At full completion, the development will feature more than 1,500 residential units, 1.9 million square feet of office space, 350,000 square feet of retail, a 250,000-square-foot hotel, a 70,000 square foot flagship Whole Foods Market and a 14-screen ShowPlace ICON theater, all within walking distance from the Greensboro Metro station.

“We have been saying that this will be a place to live, work and play, but now you can see how it will come to life,” Tom Boylan, a vice president at Meridian, said in a prepared statement.