WICHITA — Applebee’s franchisee Jim Stevens is adding something new to the menu, so to speak, at his Applebee’s restaurant in Hays.
A Tesla charging station is going to be in the restaurant’s parking lot in a week or so. Tesla Motors is putting the stations from coast to coast.
“It’ll be the first Applebee‘s that’s ever had one,” Stevens says. “We have a location that’s convenient to the interstate. It’s easy on and easy off.”
He says the pricey electric vehicle is a “beautiful car.”
If Tesla owners charge at home, Stevens says, “It takes most of the night in your garage or wherever.”
At his place, he says, it takes just over half an hour.
There will be six stalls, three of which will be for Tesla drivers only. The other three can be used for Tesla charging stations or extra parking for other cars.
“There’s going to be a lot of people that just want to come see a Tesla,” Stevens says.
He figures the majority of them will probably stick around for a bite to eat.
One of these days, diners may be able to see a Stevens-owned Tesla in the lot.
“Well, at some point and time I will (have one),” Stevens says. “Online, people just rave about them. Say they’re just incredible.”
He adds, “I’m not a car guy, but you know, I’ll tell you what, to be able to drive from one coast to another and not spend a penny is pretty incredible.”