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Supporters of Tim's Rivershore Restaurant and Crab House mobilized by Zoom Thursday evening with plans to show up and speak out at next week's Prince William Board of County Supervisors meeting.

For nearly three decades, Tim's has been a staple along the Potomac River between Woodbridge and Dumfries. But owner Tim Bauckman learned last week the property manager for the Potomac Shores development was not renewing his lease.

Thousands have taken up the cause of saving Tim's, with a “Save Tim’s Rivershore!” Facebook page and a petition. They plan to continue the fight to get Bauckman's lease renewed, setting up for a showdown between a distant corporate developer and those who want to save a beloved local institution.

More than 100 people participated in Thursday's Zoom strategy call. Bauckman also attended, and thanked everyone for their support.

"I’ve been there 28 years," he said. "It’s hard to fathom not going there to work."

Biddle Real Estate Ventures, the developer managing Potomac Shores in south Woodbridge says it solicited proposals from Bauckman and "multiple local restaurant operators" for making improvements along the riverfront.

“As complaints about the location escalated, we have sought ways in recent years to pursue improvements on-site,” Biddle executives said in a statement to InsideNoVa.

Biddle decided not to renew Bauckman's lease and go with "new restaurant operations" and infrastructure improvements to the waterfront.

Rumors about a Stafford restaurant moving to Tim's site made the rounds on social media this week, prompting an employee of Fatty's Taphouse Seafood Bar and Grille to post on Facebook about the uproar and ask for decency.

"Please take into account that words and actions have a tremendous emotional ripple affect to more than the one person you're lashing out at," the post said.

According to the post, Fatty's owners were presented with "many opportunities to expand our business, at multiple locations. With that said, we may or may not be expanding in 2021. Only time will tell."

During the Zoom call, organizers asked for people to rally at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting with the message that out of town developers shouldn't dictate what the county is going to look like.

The public comment portion of the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Click here to sign up to speak.

"We want to just be power in numbers," Bauckman told the crowd on Zoom. "At least it would get their attention and have them look at the ins and outs of this.
"Ultimately I think it’s the choice of Biddle. But I can't understand ... they're three-quarters of the way through with the development, they're almost to the point where they’re going to roll out and never be here again anyway."

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(14) comments

Deez Nutz

Tear them all down. The Dent legacy is a stain on this town.

Lance Livestrong

Care to share as to why that is? Or is that just your opinion?

Martin Geter

What a waste of time. I liked Tim's, and am sad to see it go, but there is nothing that can be done. Its private property. This is as dumb as storming a government building to overturn the defeat of a 1 term failed president[whistling]

Brad London

Seems to me that the landlord should be able to control who they want in the space they own. The government has no saying here. Or at least they shouldn't.

Stephanie Richardson

If they are thinking about fatty's.....just take a look at the prices! They may have a better menu, but another "franchise" with other places is NOT what we need. Just head to Potomac Mills and Stonebridge and leave a local one-of-a-kind place alone!

Lance Livestrong

They can do what they want, its LEASED! What alternative universe are you in?

Lance Livestrong

Have you been to Bobbys Burger Palace lately at Potomac Mills? Its non-existent, because they didnt pay their bills! Goodbye BBP, hello Mezeh.

Lance Livestrong

Let's just call this for what it is...

1. Im sure the inhabitants of Potomac Shores and Southbridge, along with the developer are looking for something a little more upscale on the riverfront. When you pay a premium to reside somewhere, that would only make sense.

2. The owner does have (2) other locations that probably serve the wants and needs of those communities, is my general assumption.

3. This is a leased property. The developer can do what the developer wants.

Maybe the owner owns the (2) other properties, as opposed to leasing the Cherry Hill one.

Sometimes change isn't the worst thing in the world. And neither is quality, sustainable seafood and a relaxed and pristine environment for that matter. Cherry Hill is remote, but Potomac Shores is a fully developed and pricey area. Thats the way it goes.

Lance Livestrong

In addition, Ill add that the developer is thinking long-term as well. Out of respect, I hope the folks who have been dedicated customers enjoy what is left of Tim's, and I hope the other locations continue to do well.

Fix Prince William

This has been the trend in Prince William forever. You are correct. Private property. Do what you want. Well thought out, Hawkeye. I'm just hoping Dixie Bones doesn't go extinct with that liberal housing over by the train station.

John Dutko

I think you hit the nail on the head. Good job.

Lance Livestrong




Not to mention the fact that Tim’s SOLD the land a few years ago for $3.6M (this is a matter of public record), with the understanding that they would only have a lease for 2 years. They are now well over those 2 years. They put that $3.6M into the other locations, because the KNEW they wouldn’t be staying at the Cherry Hill location. They have been sited multiple times by the city for code violations, and at one point got a score of 24, out of 100, inspection score. They are trying to make this into a David and Goliath situation, but they knew this would happen.


Nols this is exactly right - he CASHED out. Sold the property and rented it from PS. Once he sold, there wasn't any reason to make any further investments. Not that he was planning to - that place was pretty dumpy. Also, he had a chance to make a new proposal and obviously it fell short. Time to go!

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