A Taste of Urbanspace, the replacement to Mike Isabella’s scandal-plagued food hall, is the subject of a new lawsuit. Bisnow reports that the suit by District Equities alleges that the Tysons affiliate of New York-based Urbanspace partnered with District Equities to find the local vendors for the food hall using District Equities’ business relationships, and that Urbanspace Tysons LLC then terminated the agreement.
The lawsuit reads: “The set-up by Urbanspace Tysons included, among other things, Urbanspace Tysons willfully, maliciously, deceptively, and deftly stealing District Equities’ intellectual capital and relationships.”
Urbanspace’s termination notice to District Equities on May 30 flagged the noncompetes clause the companies agreed to that would prevent District Equities from working on a food hall for two years. Urbanspace didn’t respond to Bisnow’s request for comment.
Meanwhile, there’s been some closures and switcheroos among the vendors at the Tysons Galleria food hall. There’s no sign of Ice Cream Jubilee, which recently joined Ballston Quarter Market’s lineup and no longer lists Urbanspace in its locations on its website.
Another closure is Danielle’s Desserts, where a sign indicates that the bake shop is “permanently closed.” Those looking for coffee shop and cafe Stomping Ground will find it in a new, more visible spot next to Andy’s Pizza.
Also new is a sake bar that’s popped up next to Donburi, advertising yuzu frozen sake and cucumber gin tonics for $7 each at happy hour.
Eater also reached out to Urbanspace’s press rep and will update this post if necessary.