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Ideas To Help Your Wedding Run Smoothly
Many people often dream of their perfect wedding day. The thing no one told you was how much work is involved in ensuring your wedding and reception run smoothly. There are so many components that rely on the next one to keep everything going as planned. Here are some things you can do to make your wedding run smoothly.
All of your guests will arrive at approximately the same time at the church and wedding venue making it a very chaotic time as cars try to find parking. A valet service will help control the flow of traffic and get everyone inside quickly. Your guests will not have to work about ruining their shoes or a long walk to get inside. They will simply hand their keys to the valet and accept their receipt. Your guests will appreciate the convenience, and you will love everyone showing up on time in high spirits for your special day.
A Wedding Planner
Yes, a wedding planner can be expensive, but these professionals plan and host a wedding almost every weekend of the year. You can work closely with your wedding planner to make sure they understand what you want, but they will be responsible for the little details that makes your wedding run smoothly and efficiently from beginning to end. They have all the contacts to get you exactly what you want from flowers to food. After planning so many weddings, a wedding planner knows exactly what can go wrong and how to avoid those mistakes.
Having Your Ceremony And Reception In A Single Location
Any number of things can go wrong as you and your guests leave the church and make your way to another location for the reception. People get lost or experience car troubles. You need flowers at both locations and decorations at both locations, which increases the chances that something will be delivered incorrectly. Choosing a single location will help decrease your stress and increase the chances your wedding will be everything you ever dreamed it would be.
On your wedding day, you are sure to have surprise guests and things you have not thought of to deal with before the day is over. However, these few things are sure to help your wedding run more smoothly and rid your special day of some unneeded stress.
An Ideal Summer Night in Downtown Austin
Downtown Austin offers many options for those looking for a night out. As you may know, Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in the United States. Each night during the summer months, approximately 1,000,000 bats flight out from under the South Congress Bridge. This makes for an activity unique to Austin. Line up along the bridge around sunset to catch this nightly show.
Dinner With a View (of the Lake, Bats, and More)
If you prefer to watch the flight of the bats while enjoying a meal, check out the new southwestern restaurant, Chavez, that just opened its doors near the South Congress bridge. With its proximity to the bridge, it makes for an ideal restaurant to visit after watching the nightly flight.
Grab a Drink at One of Austin’s Hot Spots
For after dinner entertainment, walk just a few short blocks over to the Brass House. This newcomer to the Austin bar scene offers nightly jazz and blues music in an upscale setting. With plush white leather seats and gleaming chandeliers you’ll be enjoying some of the best local musicians in a swanky environment.
If you’re more in the mood for conversation and a glass of wine, The Red Room Lounge is your place. Located at 3rd and San Jacinto, this underground wine bar is only noticeable from the street only by a small red light and sign above the door reading “Personal Wines”. Once you head through the door, walk down a small flight of stairs into one of Austin’s best wine bars. Expert sommeliers will help you chose a great bottle of wine suited to your tastes.
The Sky is the Limit
There are many restaurant and bar options available in downtown Austin. Creating an ideal night is not a challenge with the wide variety of establishments in this area. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Austin has just the place for you!
Great event tonight at Wild Onion Ranch! Bandana Ball raising funds for a great cause Ronald McDonald House! Looking forward to a busy couple months ahead. Thank you for supporting Central Texas Valet in Austin and San Antonio!
Park with Central Texas Valet at Bass Concert Hall for Wicked! Same great service that you always get from our company.
It was a great year at Central Texas Valet! We made many changes in how we operate and figured out our niche and went with it. Our focus is special events, hotels, and heathcare valet throughout the state of Texas. We have found that these areas are in fact what we should be doing now and we will continue to build on this. Thank you to all our customers, clients, staff, and friends who supported us as we have made this transition over the past year. We look forward to working with all of you in years to come.
Central Texas Valet LLC
Looking to rent golf carts for your next event? Central Texas Valet provides golf cart shuttle service for events of any size. Give us a call or email email@example.com to learn more!
Thank you Central Texas for making us the number 1 valet service in the area! This August marks Central Texas Valet's 7 year anniversary. We are proud to say we have successfully been in business for this long. In August 2006 we first started parking cars for restaurants and night clubs in the Austin area. We have since grown to service many special events and hospitals throughout Central Texas. Please give us a call at 512-945-1540 to book your next event. Also throughout the month of August 2013 we are offering huge event discounts to celebrate our anniversary.
Are you having an event that requires traffic control services? Maybe you are race promoter and need a company that knows traffic control better than anyone in Texas. Contact us today for a quote on our parking and traffic control services.
Come back to the Warehouse District!!! Construction is almost over and our valet parking lanes are soon to open again. We look forward to a great next few months with Formula 1 coming to town and the holidays around the corner, this fall should be one the best yet. Count on Central Texas Valet when you are downtown to take excellent care of your vehicle when you park with us. We are glad to be a part of Austin's Warehouse District! Come park with one of are many locations throughout the city of Austin.
What is Valet Parking?
There are times when parking your own vehicle at an Austin event can prove problematic. Inclement weather can turn the walk from the car to the venue into a torture test, ruining expensive clothing and shoes. There may not be enough available parking near the restaurant or concert hall, meaning a long walk through city streets at night. A driver may be able to drop his or her passengers off at the entrance to a glamorous event, but he or she will still have to make a less glamorous trek from the parking lot afterwards. Because of these concerns, many upscale restaurants and venues in Austin and San Antonio offer valet parking.
Austin Valet parking is a service designed to eliminate the need for customers or guests to park their own vehicles. Visitors drive to an area designated for valet parking and the driver receives a ticket identifying his or her vehicle. A responsible driver employed by the Austin valet service will then drive the car to a monitored parking area. When the guests are ready to leave the event, a valet parking coordinator will retrieve the matching car keys and a driver returns the vehicle.
Many upscale restaurants and clubs offer valet parking as a regular option, since it generates an air of distinction and positive customer service. Other venues may contract valet parking services for special occasions where parking space may be at a premium or guests require VIP treatment. Valet parking employees may be required to wear uniforms and demonstrate a respectful attitude towards their clients.
Valet parking is not always seen as a helpful service. Owners of expensive sports cars or luxury automobiles may not feel comfortable handing over their keys to a young driver, even one in uniform. Valet parking has been portrayed in movies and television shows as an opportunity for employees to take unauthorized joy rides in customers' vehicles or to take unnecessary risks while parking in questionable spaces. In reality, Central Texas Valet parking employees are fully insured, with years of driving experience.
In many cases, valet services in Austin are considered a luxury. These services have a proven capacity to leave a lasting impression on your visitors. One of the largest benefits of valet parking is its convenience to your customers. Most often, these valets open the doors of your car, you hand them your keys and are on your way. This is amazing as it saves precious time for your guests. Further, they keep the guests happy by reducing the stress of parking. Seeing the smiling faces and receiving the services of these valets, your guests will always feel welcome.
Private valet services in Austin provide security for your guests. They are specially trained to handle VIP guests and always have a positive attitude. These valets pay special attention to your customers, have a high level of customer service to meet clients’ demands and keep them happy. In simple words, valet services are essential for the growth of your business today. Your guests will certainly remember a congenial welcome and the fact that they do not have to concern themselves with parking at your events. To help give your potential clients a day to remember, it is vital that you contact a trustworthy Austin valet. First impressions always make a difference, so it is important to get courteous and efficient valet services in Austin for your needs.
The smiling faces, helping hands, well mannered and nicely uniformed valets make it easier for you to take care of your guests’ vehicles. You can rest assured that everyone’s vehicles are safe and securely parked, leaving your mind clear to focus on your business event. You can also opt to hire private valet services in Austin to ensure that your clients get the extra care and attention they deserve. In simple words, a professional valet parking service eliminates the stress and hassle associated with your guests’ arrivals and departures, to let you focus on other details of your business event.
A professional Austin valet has all the necessary equipment to ensure smooth parking management. Moreover, in the event of an emergency, they can help guests find their vehicles with ease. These valets prevent your guests from experiencing any difficult moments with respect to parking. When planning any event, hiring these services is a simple solutions that will help to enhance the reputation of your firm by leaving a positive impact on your guests. The best part of these valet services in Austin is that they offer top quality services at extremely affordable prices.
There are numerous providers of business valet parking or event valet parking Austin on the worldwide web. An apt search is necessary to ensure that you get the finest deals at cost effective rates. A reputed firm will provide you with safe, organized, trusted and hassle free parking services. Looking for all of these elements when choosing a Austin valet service, will help make the decision easier. For your next event, do not forget to contact a reputed valet service such as Central Texas Valet. The value of these valet services will lift the class of your event and your company’s reputation in the eyes of your guests.
Statesman Article about Trulucks!
When Claudia Pérez steps into Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House, she's walking into more than just its cool, dimly lighted lounge to enjoy the happy-hour specials, the relaxed atmosphere and the "super-friendly" bartenders and servers. She's relishing the ambiance, cuisine and superior service that are the hallmarks of a restaurant whose employees have voted it one of Austin's best places to work.
Employees of Truluck's, which ranks first in the midsize business category in the American-Statesman's 2011 Top Workplaces project, say the company invests heavily in their training and goes above and beyond to reward top performers. The company has its own constitution espousing its commitments to its employees and customers, stating that its mission is "to provide the best work experience of all our employees' lives, to ensure their prosperity, and promote personal development."
"They treat their employees just as importantly as they do their customers," said Jaden Harper, a hostess and one of about 60 employees at Truluck's downtown Austin location.
Teamwork, said bartender Benjamin Cantey, "is a vital part of what we do."
"You can't work here if you don't operate as a team," Cantey said.
The privately held chain, founded by Patti Turner and Stuart Sargent in 1992, has 11 locations in Texas, Florida and La Jolla, Calif. Truluck's even purchased its own fishery in Naples, Fla., to ensure fresh delivery of its signature item, Florida stone crab, within 24 hours of being harvested.
Jennifer Huddleston, a server and trainer at the Warehouse District location, said the restaurant is the most professional one she has worked at in her 10 years in the industry.
"We focus on integrity in our products and service, which is the glue that holds our success together," said Huddleston, a three-year employee.
Truluck's service is a byproduct of the importance it places on training its people, Huddleston and other employees say. Waiting tables requires a minimum of six years experience as a server, as well as stints at the host stand, the food line and the bar operation to learn all aspects of the operation. Then there are four days of hands-on training with a server followed by a mock session with a manager that must be passed before being put on the server schedule. The training process, said Huddleston, "is often referred to as information overload, and it is nearly impossible to learn everything in just two weeks," she said.
In addition, employees periodically are required to not only take menu tests to check their knowledge, but also must take culinary quizzes, Huddleston said.
"The things we need to know as servers are far beyond what you would imagine. \u2026 It is important to know everything we can about the products we feature in order to earn the trust of our customers."
Andrew Penridge is the maitre d' at Truluck's — a position he says the company created for him after he left to try out law school, then returned. "They worked with me to find a spot where I can thrive and give back to the company as well," said Penridge, whose job entails calling every customer the following day to inquire about their dining experience.
Penridge describes the company culture as "meritocracy" that recognizes and rewards its top performers. That can mean everything from gifts to scheduling preferences to — in the case of Truluck's chef Joe Prior — use of a company auto. Twice a year, the owners close the restaurant and treat employees and their families to a celebration at a special location.
Penridge said Truluck's places high importance on an open-door communication policy, one of the guiding tenets in its constitution. Employees are encouraged to speak to managers about any issue they may have, to nip it in the bud before it can create a tension-filled environment, Penridge said. If a problem isn't resolved at the manager level, an employee can go higher, to speak with the restaurant's operating partner. Allowing contact with a range of higher-ups in the corporation also helps build relationships, which in turn can help employees advance in the company , Penridge said. Nine of the 11 general managers/managing partners started their Truluck's careers as servers, including the downtown general manager, Riley Hutton.
Employees are evaluated every six months, and are given "the opportunity to express who we believe are the best team supporters, and also some folks that are maybe not meeting expectations."
But it's done in a constructive manner, Penridge said.
"It's not about pointing fingers, it's about trying to better ourselves collectively," Penridge said.
Prior said Truluck's also places a priority on fixing equipment when it's broken — "even if they don't make budget."
"They view it as an investment for the building," he said, reciting a management slogan that "the proper tool does the proper job."
Benjamin Grieser, a server, said he's waited tables at a lot of places, but at Truluck's "I'm really learning how a restaurant can run well."
"It blows other places out of the water," Grieser said. "I've never worked at a place with so much support from management. This place is the hardest — and most rewarding — of any place I've worked. At the end of the night, I feel like I've accomplished heroic things."
Austin's valet service is pleased to add Rival's Steakhouse to their list of clients! Come visit us at 311 East 5th Street in Austin.
Central Texas Valet began servicing North Austin Medical Center's Maternal Fetal Medicine Center with the best valet parking service in the industry. We are proud to add them to our list of clients and look forward to helping this new addition to their hospital grow.
Central Texas Valet, Austin's premier valet parking service, is looking forward to a busy weekend ahead. Lots of special events from a glorious night at St. Andrews tomorrow night to another great event on Friday at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and then to an event at Umlauf Sculpture Gardens. Those are only a few of the events that we have scheduled for this weekend. We look forward to a great weekend and please contact us if you are having a special event soon that requires valet. We are here to serve you. There are several ways to get in touch with us. You may email our Special Events Coordinator, Houston Haak firstname.lastname@example.org, you may also email Corey Evers email@example.com for any needs you may have. We can accomidate events of any size and provide a parking plan or sollution for these events. Thank you and we look forward to working with you!!!
Central Texas Valet employees win and ipod nano:
Whatever employee raises the most money through the month of April for Autism Speaks gets a Ipod Nano. Ask Corey for more details.
With its customer-focused, extended services, Central Texas Valet goes above and beyond the traditional duties of a car-parking company. Central Texas Valet often provides its professional parking and car storage services for special events like weddings and galas. Distinguished by its professionalism and broad capabilities, Central Texas Valet has worked on massive events like the Austin Long Center for the Performing Arts opening gala, for which it provided 75 onsite valets. For this and every event, Central Texas Valet engages in copious preparation, making sure to visit event sites beforehand, and dressing appropriately in either formal attire or more relaxed, casual clothing based upon the needs of the client. Besides its work in special events, Central Texas Valet also collaborates with hospitals to improve customer experience and satisfaction. With the intention of making each visit to the hospital as hassle-free as possible, Central Texas Valet can help new arrivals with much more than parking cars. Transporting luggage, providing wheelchair assistance, and imparting hospital information are just a few of the services the companys professionals can offer before they park cars. For companies in Texas, advertising with Central Texas Valet provides a great opportunity to associate with a respected, quality business. Offering both internal and external signs, Central Texas Valet can place an ad or logo on one of their podiums, located in areas that have the most traffic of any valet stations in Austin and San Antonio. Central Texas Valet also provides advertising space on its website, www.austinvaletandparking.com, as well as on the tickets left in customers vehicles. Ambitious companies who want real marketing impact can even leave branded gifts such as bottled water, pens, and coupons in cars.
Central Texas Valet video from the Dell Children's Hospital Gala!
Central Texas Valet is looking forward to providing valet parking services for Dell Children's Annual Gala at the Convention Center tomorrow. This will be our forth year working this great event. This is the type of event that gets better and better every year.
Central Texas Valet, Texas premier provider of valet parking, parking management and staffing services, started valet parking for St. David's Hospital last week. We are excited to add St. David's to our clients list and look forward to years to come partnering with such a great organization.
Central Texas Valet is pleased to provide quotes for our sister company "Texas Valet Girls". Are you looking for an all female valet staff for your next event of function? FIll out the following form and someone from Texas Valet Girls will get right in touch with you.
Looking for golf cart shuttle service for your next event? We offer the golf carts and staff to shuttle your guests. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We offer both 8 and 6 passenger shuttle golf carts. If you are looking for affordable golf cart rentals then give us a call at 512-945-1540. Golf cart rentals in Austin and San Antonio.
Beauty and The Beast will be performing at Bass Performance Hall on UT campus starting next week. We look forward to a great week valet parking at Bass.
This is a video from years ago when we first started business in Austin.
In many cases, valet services in Austin and San Antonio are considered a luxury. These services have a proven capacity to leave a lasting impression on your visitors. One of the largest benefits of valet parking is its convenience to your customers. Most often, these valets open the doors of your car, you hand them your keys and are on your way. This is amazing as it saves precious time for your guests. Further, they keep the guests happy by reducing the stress of parking. Seeing the smiling faces and receiving the services of these valets, your guests will always feel welcome.
Private valet services in San Antonio and Austin provide security for your guests. They are specially trained to handle VIP guests and always have a positive attitude. These valets pay special attention to your customers, have a high level of customer service to meet clients’ demands and keep them happy. In simple words, valet services are essential for the growth of your business today. Your guests will certainly remember a congenial welcome and the fact that they do not have to concern themselves with parking at your events. To help give your potential clients a day to remember, it is vital that you contact a trustworthy San Antonio or Austin valet. First impressions always make a difference, so it is important to get courteous and efficient valet services in Austin or San Antonio for your needs.
The smiling faces, helping hands, well mannered and nicely uniformed valets make it easier for you to take care of your guests’ vehicles. You can rest assured that everyone’s vehicles are safe and securely parked, leaving your mind clear to focus on your business event. You can also opt to hire private valet services in San Antonio or Austin to ensure that your clients get the extra care and attention they deserve. In simple words, a professional valet parking service eliminates the stress and hassle associated with your guests’ arrivals and departures, to let you focus on other details of your business event.
A professional San Antonio or Austin valet has all the necessary equipment to ensure smooth parking management. Moreover, in the event of an emergency, they can help guests find their vehicles with ease. These valets prevent your guests from experiencing any difficult moments with respect to parking. When planning any event, hiring these services is a simple solutions that will help to enhance the reputation of your firm by leaving a positive impact on your guests. The best part of these valet services in San Antonio or Austin is that they offer top quality services at extremely affordable prices.
There are numerous providers of business valet parking or event valet parking Austin and San Antonio on the worldwide web. An apt search is necessary to ensure that you get the finest deals at cost effective rates. A reputed firm will provide you with safe, organized, trusted and hassle free parking services. Looking for all of these elements when choosing a Austin or San Antonio valet service, will help make the decision easier. For your next event, do not forget to contact a reputed valet service. The value of these valet services will lift the class of your event and your company’s reputation in the eyes of your guests.
Contact Central Texas Valet for all your valet parking needs!!!
Happy Thanksgiving from Central Texas Valet!!!
Central Texas Valet is pleased to partner with The Hofbrau and Beer Garden at the Quarry Market and add them to their list of valet parking clients in San Antonio. Our valet company is expanding rapidly into the San Antonio market and we are honored to partner with an organization such as Hofbrau.
Do you have a parking challenge that needs to be resolved? Central Texas Valet provides full service parking and transportation management. Whether you are looking for a parking plan and need someone to develop and execute it. We work closely with transportation engineers to develop plans that will solve any parking or transportation issue you may have. Please contact us today to help with your parking and transportation needs.
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CENTRAL TEXAS VALET HAS HIRED A NEW PRIVATE EVENT MANAGER!!!
Houston Haak comes to Central Texas Valet with years of experience in the hospitality industry and we are proud to make him a member of our ever growing special events side of the business. To get in touch with Houston email email@example.com. He is here to help with any special event that you are having.
CENTRAL TEXAS VALET IS HIRING A SPECIAL EVENT MANAGER!!!
We are currently seeking a special events manager to help with our growing business. Applicants must have event management experience. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume. Thanks!!!
VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE: PLEASE READ
We met with City of Austin officials yesterday regarding their proposed rate increase for valet parking services in Austin. It does not look good at all. They are proposing about 1000%+ increase to what we pay for the parking spaces that we rent from the city to operate our valet parking services. This rate increase will force ALL valet parking companies in Austin out of business. Our company employees around 100+ people in Austin alone. All of these people will be out of work and we all will be looking for other jobs.
There is something you can do to help. On Tuesday October 11th at 6pm at City Hall the city of Austin staff will be bringing this rate increase recommendation to Austin City Council. Please show your support if you can attend.
Please visit our merchant circle web page to receive 10% off your next special event. Visit http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/Central.Texas.Valet.LLC.512-945-1540 to get your coupon.
Thank you Central Texas Valet staff that came out to help with the Lifeworks move today. We are proud to be the #1 valet parking company in all Central Texas thanks to you guys and your hard work on and off the clock. We had a great turn out and are happy that CTV staff really cares about Austin and is willing to donate their time to Austin nonprofits.
Thanks to the following Central Texas Valet staff for their help today:
Tomorrow 9/27/11 is the meeting at Austin City Hall to discuss the changes in the valet ordinances. Please come out and support your local valet parking companies.
All CTV employees: We need 3 more people to volunteer their time to help Lifeworks tomorrow at 8am. Please come out to give back to your community.
Additional services that Central Texas Valet can provide in Austin, San Antonio, and the Texas Hill Country:
Central Texas Valet provides traffic control services and parking management services in addition to valet parking. If your event requires directional traffic control, count on Central Texas Valet to provide years of experience and resources to make your events parking a success. We can provide you with a well laid out plan that incorporates every parking detail possible.
We also provide golf cart shuttle services. Unlike other shuttle companies around we own our own golf carts so we can provide the best price possible. If you are looking for golf cart shuttle service please contact (512) 945-1540 or email email@example.com
LIFEWORKS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY SEPTEMBER 27TH @ 8AM
People signed up so far:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FESTIVAL AHEAD!!!
This year like previous years we will be working the ACL Music Festival. This is a mandatory work week for all Central Texas Valet employees. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions. Thanks and we look forward to a great year at Zilker Park.
CENTRAL TEXAS VALET EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
We are looking for 15 people to volunteer their time to help Lifeworks http://www.lifeworksaustin.org on September 27th at 8am. You will be moving people from one location to another. Please email Corey firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Your participation will not go unrecognized.
A little about Lifeworks:
LifeWorks is Austin’s only non-profit organization to provide a continuum of services to youth and families, addressing critical needs to achieve lasting, positive change.
Help homeless youth achieve self-sufficiency and avoid long-term dependency on social services;
Provide children and youth in at-risk situations with the support, knowledge and skills necessary to reduce the occurrence of behaviors that negatively impact opportunities for life success; and,
Strengthen families dealing with crisis, emotional distress and violence by helping them build on inherent strengths, utilize existing resources, develop emotional competencies, employ family roles effectively, and improve communication and advocacy skills.
Mission at Work:
LifeWorks transitions youth and families from crisis to safety and success.
Offers a full continuum of support to homeless and runaway youth, including Austin’s only walk-in emergency shelter.
Provides counseling, including crisis intervention, to youth and families.
Offers parenting and educational support for teenage mothers and fathers.
Provides GED and life skills training.
Teaches youth and families alternatives to violence.
Teaches teens the life skills they need to make good, healthy choices.
And is the only organization that does it all, specifically for youth and their families.
LifeWorks employs an innovative and unique service delivery system.
Social and counseling services are provided through strategically located community-based centers that offer a continuum of services for the client and his or her family.
This is a great opportunity for Central Texas Valet staff to give back to our community.
CENTRAL TEXAS VALET IS NOW HIRING!!!
Central Texas Valet is currently hiring valets and experienced valet account managers. We offer many benefits and have one of the most tenured staff of any valet company in town. Come join our winning team. Visit http://www.austinvaletandparking.com/employment.html to fill out an online application or give us a call at (512) 945-1540. We look forward to working with you.
We are gearing up for our busy holiday season ahead. If you are looking for valet parking services for your holiday events please contact Central Texas Valet! We can help you with everything from traffic control to valet parking services to security. We are your full service parking and transportation firm. With an ever growing client list our valet service is the largest valet parking service in Austin and San Antonio. We can provide more well trained staff then any other valet service in town.
Count on Central Texas Valet for all you parking and transportation needs! Give us a call at (512)945-1540
8/5/2011 - The city is proposing a substantial raise in valet parking permits for Austin valet services and business owners. This could lead to rate increases for valet parking customers. Central Texas Valet is committed to keeping valet at an affordable rate for consumers. Our goal is simply to keep people coming downtown.
Article below from the Austin Business Journal, 8/5/2011.
The city of Austin may consider making changes to valet operations downtown, including increasing permitting fees and creating valet zones.
The recommendations were included in a report on extended meter parking hours by the joint subcommittee of the Urban Transportation Commission and Downtown Commission to help manage downtown parking. The changes could go into effect before the beginning of next year, when most valet operators renew their permits.
With an increase in development downtown, on-street metered spaces have become a very valuable city asset. There are 2,400 on-street parking spaces downtown, according to city staff. These are usually the first to be taken by the estimated 10,000 cars parked downtown on Friday and Saturday nights. The rest park in about 5,000 surface-lot spaces and about half of the 7,600 garage spaces.
Based on how much a space can generate from the meter, on-street spaces are valued at $2,340 a year. If parking meter hours were extended, their value would increase to $6,000 a year. Valet operators downtown pay a permit fee of $50 a year, plus $10 per location, and businesses pay $250 a year to use a city parking space for valet operations. The costs are sometimes split up depending on deals made between valet operators and businesses.
“It’s been clear for several years that this is an issue that needed to be addressed,” City Council Member Laura Morrison said. “We have a lot of work to do to make this a fair situation.” Morrison is focused on the $250 annual fee business pay because it equates to about 69 cents a day to permanently occupy a parking space during certain hours.
“We don’t feel the permit fee matches the market value of those parking spaces,” said Richard MacKinnon, chairman of the city’s joint subcommittee on parking.
Michael Girard, owner of TenOak, Speakeasy and several other downtown properties, said he’s tired of getting hit with fee increases. “For the success of downtown businesses, valet needs to be treated as a service that is a positive for business as a whole instead of a revenue generator,” said Girard, who estimates that 30 percent of his customers use valet parking.
Morrison, however, said the city’s goal is not to raise more money. She would like to compare valet operators to other businesses that use city assets, paying either a general fee or a per-customer fee to share valuable resources with the city. “We need to look at the value of parking spaces,” MacKinnon said. “Are we giving a gift to anybody, or should we give that to the public to use?”
There are 17 permitted valet operators at 43 locations using 176 parking spaces mostly in downtown Austin, according to the Austin Transportation Department.
Corey Evers, president of the Valet Association, is concerned about the overall effect of the city substantially raising permitting fees, saying valet operators must buy at least three spaces. “All valet operators would have to raise their prices, and that would drive people out of downtown,” Evers said.
The Transportation Department said the three-space minimum is not a steadfast rule, but rather an engineering judgement, and that most valet operations have at least three spaces. In an informal survey of 8,482 Austin residents conducted by the parking subcommittee, 75 percent of the respondents said they parked on the street, 32 percent in a garage and 20 percent in a surface lot. Only 5 percent said they used valet parking. The most desired action that respondents wished the city would take was restricting valet parking operators’ ability to reserve on-street metered spaces, followed by adding more public parking garages and removing time limits from on-street parking.
MacKinnon said too many people fail to recognize that a valet operator using three on-street spaces can park “50 to 100 vehicles a night in a garage. We’d be in great shape if all our spaces could be that efficient.” Morrison would also like to see more coordination among valet operators and businesses to create valet districts that consolidate valet stands to create one zone per block. Some areas, such as Colorado Street between West Fourth and West Fifth streets, have had to share a valet stand because of lack of space.
Girard of TenOak said the city has done of a good job of encouraging a common stand on that block. His restaurants, Maria Maria and Frank, have an agreement with the one valet company on the block. Evers, on the other hand, thinks moving to valet zones may lead to favoritism to one business over another, depending on where the valet station is placed.
“Each valet location already has a deal with business owners,” Evers said. Gordon Derr, assistant director of planning at the city Transportation Department, said shareholder meetings should take place in August to discuss the proposed ordinance.