Mt. Lebanon offers valet service in business district on trial basis
Visitors to Mt. Lebanon's Uptown business district can get the VIP treatment for the next few weekends, as the municipality tries out a valet parking service on Washington Road.
D&P Valet Systems of Scott is offering the $8-per-car service from three reserved parking spaces along southbound Washington Road, in front of Walnut Grille, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays through late February, said Eric Milliron, commercial districts manager for Mt. Lebanon.
Mt. Lebanon Municipal Manager Steve Feller said the agreement with D&P allows the valet service to rent the spaces in front of Walnut Grille for $6 per night. Parking cars in the South Garage costs them $1 per car.
Valets have been kept busy.
“It's really increased dramatically. We doubled our business over last week,” said D&P co-owner David Jason, who shares in the venture with his brother Stephen and Pittsburgh Penguins broadcaster Paul Steigerwald.
This past weekend — the third week of the trial run of the service, which continues through Feb. 26 — the two valets parked up to 15 cars per night; Jason said he hoped business would peak around 30 to 40 cars per night as word gets out.
“There's always parking in Mt. Lebanon, but people can't always park right in front of the business they want,” Milliron said.
If successful, the service should allow customers to skip the walk to and from one of the municipal garages or surface lots, and could free up more of the street parking that's often at a premium, he said.
Valets for D&P drive customers' cars a few blocks to the municipality's South Garage, where they are parked on the seldom-used lower levels.
Jason said municipal officials had been worried about traffic from vehicles pulling in and out of the valet stand, but no problems have materialized yet.
Conditions may even improve, he said, if fewer people are stopping in Washington Road's busy travel lanes to load and unload passengers in front of their destinations.
Jason, 44, of Scott got his start working at and eventually running the valet service at the former Boardwalk nightclub complex in the Strip District. He also runs valet services in the South Side and on the North Shore.
He and his partners proposed the valet service for Mt. Lebanon in April, and have been slogging through traffic studies and business plans in the hope of earning a long-term agreement with Mt. Lebanon.
“Mt. Lebanon has been a great community to work with,” Jason said. “We'd rather come out of the gate a little slow and gradually build things up, than run full speed right away and run into an accident.”
Though the valet service is available for patrons of any Uptown business, almost all the valet customers have been going to Walnut Grille, which offers a $3 discount on meals if customers present their valet ticket, Jason said.
He said he was working with other restaurants to offer similar specials, and he has set up a cellphone number for the valet stand so customers can call ahead when they're ready to leave, and have their car waiting for them.
The service will be available on Feb. 14 for Valentine's Day, and on Feb. 24 for the Oscar party Walnut Grille is planning to host as a benefit for the Denis Theater Foundation.
Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or email@example.com.
Add Matthew Santoni to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- No takers for old McCandless movie theater
- Back in session: What’s new at Pittsburgh-area schools
- Feasibility of Moon Area-Cornell merger remains uncertain
- Photo gallery: Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park police play charity softball game
- Mt. Lebanon residents opposed to loss of brick roads
- Avonworth Primary Center’s colorful concept aims to inspire creativity
- Think before you ink: Tattoo removal a $27M annual business
- Cumberland Trail repairs under way
- Upper St. Clair resident’s appeal of proposed grocery tossed
- Western Pa. municipalities’ rules for cell towers in flux
- Deaths of cats prompt review in Mt. Lebanon