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Question: Do you have an update on The Boro? How is it as a neighborhood and what housing options are available?
Answer: The Boro is the largest mixed use project in the heart of Tysons with many dining and entertaining options. I spent some time there this past weekend enjoying the spring like weather and checking the new businesses that have already opened. It’s really coming along at a fast pace and there’s a lot coming soon (this year for sure).
With the construction of the Boro, Tysons will be transformed into a walkable, sustainable, urban center that will be home to up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs. Tysons is envisioned to become a 24-hour urban center where people live, work and play; where people are engaged with their surroundings; and, where people want to be.
Here are the top reasons that make The Boro an awesome neighborhood:
D.C. is a 30 minute drive away; Fairfax, Arlington and Dulles Airport are roughly 20 minutes each. There are 3 Metro stations nearby (Tysons Corner, Greensboro, and Spring Hill) with the Orange and the new and expanding Silver line. Tysons is located off of 495, just a few minutes away from I-66, Route 7 and Dulles Toll Road.
2. Things To Do
With the construction of The Boro, Tysons will become a more walkable neighborhood. Their signature park, Boro Park, will be over an acre of green space and will host different events, such as outdoor concerts, movies on the green, markets and festivals. Surrounded by retail, office, restaurants and a movie theater, the park is activated day and night.
Some of the businesses that are now open at the Boro are Flower Child (healthy food offering amazing bowls!), Fish Taco, North Italia (great pizza and wine selection), Icon Theatre, F45 Functional Training, Ethan Allen furniture, My Eye Dr and my favorite, Whole Foods.
The Whole Foods has a trendy food court that includes Rappahanock Oyster Bar, Sushi, Donuts, Officina (Italian Food) and the High Point Club. It also has self-serve wine and draft beer so you can sip and shop. Also, they have an outdoor sports bar with great views. Here’s a link to all their eateries.
There are many dog park options, and if you’re outdoorsy you are just minutes away from Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Great Falls Park for hiking and amazing views and a 45 minute drive to the mountains.
They also host outdoor events open to the general public.
ShowPlace ICON Theatre at The Boro is officially open!
You can now access all of the latest releases, highest-quality visuals and sounds, and luxurious accommodations 7 days a week. This state-of-the-art facility brings you all of the newest technology for premium movie-watching experiences, including wall-to-wall screens, Dolby Atmos sound and all-laser projection. Centrally located in the heart of Tysons, the theatre is just a short walk from the nearby Metro Station and Whole Foods location.
Plus, guests can customize their experiences according to individual preferences. Take advantage of the plush, heated recliners, adjustable headrests and extensive legroom. Select your reserved spot from an array of viewing experiences, ranging from standard, 226-seat auditoriums to more intimate, 45-seat auditoriums.
Choose from our vast menu of light bites, fresh appetizers and gourmet entrees, which can be enjoyed during the movie or in one of our charming restaurants.
During a family outing or casual bite with friends, visit the ICON Bistro for a tasty American cuisine that’s sure to have something for everyone. Guests over 21 can also join us in the Lobby Lounge, which provides a more comfortable and mature environment. Here you can find crave-worthy bites and gourmet entrees to pair with locally sourced craft beer, wine and a curated list of cocktails.
This theatre is completely redefining the moviegoing experience. ICON Tysons is pairing its industry-leading customer service and innovative app/website to ensure that nearly any request can be met. Auditorium doors close upon a film’s start, a unique policy meant to ensure that screenings are not interrupted.
Guests can get even more benefits by joining one of ICON’s monthly membership programs, which include free online booking, special pricing on select titles, free small popcorn and other exclusive offers. And all guests over 21 can enjoy Happy Hour deals in the Lobby Lounge Monday through Friday.
Experience the latest and greatest in moviegoing now by checking out screening times on the ShowPlace ICON website.
Earlier this week, Tysons Reporter got a tour of the 72,000-square-foot theater (1667 Silver Hill Drive) in The Boro development near the Greensboro Metro station.
The theater has 14 auditoriums ranging in size with seating for 1,795 people. Inside the auditoriums, the recliners turn into love seats when the armrest is up and people can warm up with the seat heaters.
The theaters are split between two floors. Along the hallways, movie-goers can spot posters of films from 1963 — the same year the Leesburg Pike and Route 123 interchange contract was awarded, morphing the country crossroads into an urban area.
People can dine at the ICON Bistro and The Lobby Lounge and bring food, like bacon popcorn, into the auditoriums.
A spokesperson for the theater told Tysons Reporter that the goal with the dining options is to appeal to non-movie-goers as well.
During the theater’s soft opening from today (Friday, Feb. 28) until Wednesday (March 4), people who are Extra Club Members — a free membership available online — will be able to watch free movies with free popcorn and drinks. (There’s also a paid membership option as well for people who want more perks.)
The movies on the big screen for Friday-Sunday include:
- “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey”
- “The Gentlemen”
- “Little Women”
- “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
- “Frozen 2”
- “Jumanji: The Next Level”
- “Knives Out”
- “Ford v. Ferrari”
- “Uncut Gems”
- “Just Mercy”
Tickets are available an hour before each movie and must be reserved in person, according to the theater’s website.
This will be the movie theater chain’s seventh location, according to a press release.
An employee at the store told Tysons Reporter about the store’s planned opening at 1643 Boro Place.
Paper Source has nearby locations in Reston, the Mosaic District and D.C. At the store, shoppers can expect to find stationery, cards, crafts supplies, decorations and gift wrap.
The store will be the latest newcomer in the Tysons development near the Greensboro Metro station — North Italia and Fish Taco opened a few weeks ago.
The store will be open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays, the employee said.
(Updated 4 p.m.) ShowPlace Icon has made its opening plans to bring movies to The Boro in Tysons.
The 72,000-square-foot theater plans to officially open at 1667 Silver Hill Drive on March 6, according to the theater’s spokesperson.
People who are Extra Club Members — a free membership is available online — will be able to watch free movies with free popcorn and drinks during the theater’s soft opening between next Friday, Feb. 28 and Wednesday, March 4.
This will be the movie theater chain’s seventh location, according to a press release.
“We are thrilled to share our passion for creating an unparalleled moviegoing experience with the dynamic local communities,” CEO Tony Kerasotes said in the press release. “The ever-growing Tysons neighborhood seemed like the perfect choice when deciding where to plant our roots in the [D.C. area].”
The Tysons theater is set to have 14 auditoriums with seating for 1,795 people, seat heaters and food and drinks from the ICON Bistro and The Lobby Lounge, the press release said.
Photo courtesy TAA Public Relations
Movies are weeks away from coming to the big screen at The Boro development in Tysons.
Caroline Flax, an associate at The Meridian Group, said via a spokesperson that ShowPlace Icon is planning to open in March at 1667 Silver Hill Drive.
“This location, the seventh in the U.S. under the Showplace Icon brand for Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres, spans 72,000 square feet, with 1,795 seats spread across 14 theaters, plus a restaurant and a bar and lounge,” the Washington Business Journal reported.
The opening of the 70,000-square-foot store, Mid-Atlantic flagship Whole Foods store in the fall marked when the development started to come alive with places for people to eat and shop.
Flax said that people can also expect these stores and eateries later this year:
- Tasty Kabob in the “spring”
- Paper Source in the “spring”
- Caliburger in the “summer”
According to The Boro’s social media accounts, other summer newcomers will include El Bebe Tacos & Tequila, Open Road Grill and The Shade Store.
Photo via The Boro/Facebook
We are thrilled to announce the grand opening of Luxe Dermatology and Aesthetic Center!
Luxe Dermatology is what you get when you cross a dermatology office with a luxurious world-class spa. Located in The Boro at Tysons Corner, we pride ourselves in providing cutting edge, customized and concierge style care for our clients. We are obsessed with impressing our clients and taking their dermatological care to the next level.
Luxe Dermatology provides world class care for both medical and cosmetic dermatology offering treatment for acne, eczema, psoriasis, warts, hair loss, rashes and other common dermatological issues.
In addition, we offer the newest technologies and cosmetic procedures for non surgical facial rejuvenation including botox, fillers, HydraFacials, PRP & vampire facials, chemical peels, dermaplanning, laser treatments for tightening, brightening, wrinkles, redness, acne, pigmentation/dark spots.
We invite you to visit our office and allow us the opportunity to make you look and feel your absolute best! Make it a fun filled day trip by also experiencing everything that The Boro has to offer.
With world class shopping, food and a flagship Whole Foods right across the street, you are bound to have a visit filled with fun, entertainment and beauty.
Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in McLean. Reach the office at 703-790-9090.
The new development in Tyson’s by the Greensboro Metro is called “The Boro.”
If you haven’t explored the area yet, it’s designed to be a multi-purpose community that brings residential (both condo and apartments), retail, entertainment and office together in one space. The neighborhood is built with a 14-screen ICON movie theater (reclining seats!), and the largest Whole Foods in the D.C. area.
While still under construction at the time of this writing, I wanted to give you my favorite things in The Boro right now:
- The bread pudding doughnuts at Curiosity Doughnuts in Whole Foods. My son also loved the beignets.
- Fish Taco! Everything on the menu is great — I’ve been to their Maryland location as well, but the chips & guac, followed by the Ancho Shrimp salad is so, so good.
- The Whole Foods food hall — a great meeting spot for a please-everyone food hall, easy parking in the garage or short walk from the metro. Lots of tables to sit and chat.
- Honorable Mention: Paris Baguette for all your carb and sweet tooth needs. I myself am more of a salty treat girl (my popcorn addiction is well known), but who can pass up a delicious croissant?
I look forward to checking out the new spots as they open.
An international ramen restaurant plans to open next month in The Boro in Tysons.
Diners can try authentic ramen and other Japenese cuisines at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka (1636 Boro Place) once it opens in March, according to the website.
“The Santouka restaurant will be the first ramen restaurant from Japan to open in Virginia, as well as their first foray into the greater Washington D.C. area,” a press release said, adding that this will mark Santouka’s 61st location around the world.
Menu items will include the restaurant’s tonkotsu soup, gyoza, karaage-style fried chicken and desserts, according to the press release.
“To make our signature tonkotsu broth, we simmer pork bones for about 20 hours over the low heat until it becomes pearly white and then add the vegetables, dried fish, kelp and other savory ingredients to it,” the location’s Facebook page said.
The eatery’s hours of operation will be from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, from 11 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Sundays, the website said.
Reservations will not be available at this location, according to the website, which added that there are only dine-in options — no takeout.
Photo via Hokkaido Ramen Santouka/Facebook
The new Tysons location (1644 Boro Place) will be Fish Taco’s fourth location and first location outside of Maryland.
An employee at the eatery said that Fish Taco plans to hold a soft opening on Thursday (Feb. 6), followed by an official opening on Friday (Feb. 7).
Like the name suggest, Fish Taco serves up seafood rice bowls, tacos, salads, burritos and quesadillas.
Fish Taco’s regular hours will be from 10:30 a.m.-8L30 p.m. on Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Meanwhile, the Italian restaurant chain North Italia plans to open Wednesday (Feb. 5) at 1651 Boro Place.
The restaurant’s regular hours will be from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sundays and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturdays. North Italia will have happy hour from 3-6 p.m. on weekdays.