Elon Musk Plans to Open Restaurant in Santa Monica

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Elon Musk's electric car company, Tesla, has just requested a permit to open up a restaurant in Santa Monica. The affluent, sunny town may be the first to host an eatery designed for electric car owners. It may seem odd to think of Elon Musk, a tech billionaire known for his fixation on space colonization, opening a restaurant. However, it may be a smart business move. The idea is that the restaurant will have chargers for electric cars at every parking spot. This would be extremely convenient for drivers of electric cars.

Owners of regular, non-electric cars can just stop and fill up at any gas station when they are out and about. It isn't so easy for electric car owners, who usually have to charge their cars overnight in the garage. It takes hours to get a full charge, so they can't just stop at a station any time they're on the road. Tesla is hoping to change this by building things like this new Santa Monica car-charging restaurant. When people are hungry and running low on battery, they can kill two birds with one stone by enjoying a hot lunch while their car is hooked up to the charging station. The station will be a Supercharger, which recharges an electric car in a mere half hour.

This restaurant will be a drive-in similar to Sonic, where people are served food while sitting in their cars. Waiters will bring out the food on roller skates. Elon Musk has said he wants the restaurant to have an "old school" feel. He envisions it having a movie screen that plays bits from famous films.

The permit for the restaurant will be reviewed very soon, perhaps even next week. Musk seems to be very involved in the project, interacting enthusiastically with Twitter fans as he discusses his plans for the eatery.