Even as awesome new car lot/suburban office park Tysons Corner prepares to morph into a vibrant urban core anchored by a Wal-Mart and a short subway tunnel, almost like a real city, plus we dunno, a giant 30 story tall statue of Crystal Koons or something, there's now incontrovertible evidence that the real "action" -- if by "action" you mean cholesterol-soaked expense account meals funded by employers busy
strapping bombs to dolphins providing services -- is already moving to Reston.
The Tysons Corner Morton’s The Steakhouse — serving Northern Virginians for 20 years — ended its run last week when new owner, Fertitta Morton’s Restaurants, shut it down after taking over Feb. 1. The restaurant had been located in Fairfax Square, Tysons’ version of Rodeo Drive, where Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton and other high enders have been ensconced.Meanwhile, the Morton's in Reston remains open. In your face, Tysons!
Also, when was the last time a Tysons business got sued by an entire freaking state? Seems unlikely, unless even as we speak some ambitious state attorney general somewhere is planning to launch an investigation into the Olive Garden's bottomless salad bowls or something. In the meantime, awesome badassery of that magnitude can only be found right here in good old Reston.
With all this mindlessly boosterish gloating, it almost seems unfair to point out that there's the potential of the future Reston becoming more dense than the future Tysons -- which isn't exactly a good thing. But in reality, growth in both areas may very well wind up being below the champagne wishes and caviar dreams of the most cavalier growth projections.
But we'll still be the ones with the Mortons.