Port House Grill in­stalls Tesla charg­ing sta­tions

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - C HERYL MA TTIX

While I was out and about ... I dis­cov­ered that Port House Grill in North East is now pre­pared for restau­rant pa­trons driv­ing elec­tric cars made by Tes­laMo­tors, an Amer­i­can elec­tric ve­hi­cle au­tomaker head­quar­tered in Palo Alto, Calif.

Man­ager Kelly Ben­son showed me the two des­ti­na­tion elec­tric charg­ing sta­tions in­stalled last week in Port House Grill’s ad­ja­cent park­ing lot. Ben­son hopes this added ser­vice will at­tract more Tesla driv­ing pa­trons from Philadel­phia and Bal­ti­more who stop by his restau­rant while in town.

“They can charge their car while in­side eat­ing din­ner or lunch,” Ben­son said. “It’s just one more ser­vice for our cus­tomers.”

Ben­son said a grant from Tesla Mo­tors paid for the equip­ment and most of the in­stal­la­tion. Charg­ing at one of these sta­tions is free to cus­tomers of the Port House Grill. It’s part of a grow­ing net­work of des­ti­na­tion charg­ing sta­tions at restau­rants and ho­tels. Tesla also has set up 734 charg­ing sta­tions with 4,605 units Port House Grill man­ager Kelly Ben­son shows off one of his two new Tesla elec­tric charg­ing sta­tions next to the restau­rant in North East.

world­wide called “Su­per Charg­ers,” de­signed to fully recharge in 30 min­utes.

Port House Grill is one of the first restau­rants, if not the first, be­tween Bal­ti­more and Philadel­phia to of­fer a Tesla des­ti­na­tion charg­ing sta­tion. Ben­son said the

Delaware toll plaza has a su­per charg­ing sta­tion, which is the clos­est one to North East.

Ben­son worked on this project for nearly a year to get the sta­tions in­stalled.

By the way, the three Tesla mod­els that have been pro­duced since 2008 av­er­age about $100,000 each to pur­chase, how­ever, the com­pany is mak­ing a Model 3 that’s ex­pected to be on the mar­ket in 2017 for about $35,000.

Just in case you were won­der­ing.

*** Vlamis Liquors has an­other one of its large tast­ing events sched­uled for this week­end at Singerly Ban­quet Hall in Elk­ton.

A “Beef, Bour­bon & Beer” tast­ing is set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Satur­day. Tick­ets are $35 each and in­clude a sou­venir glass and sam­plings. Co-Man­ager Macken­zie Barker is or­ga­niz­ing this event, which fea­tures 50 dif­fer­ent bour­bons. A com­plete list is posted on Vlamis’ web­site.

In ad­di­tion, Sim­ply Sa­vory, an eatery and caterer from Elk­ton, is serv­ing up slow-roasted Jack Daniel­glazed beef brisket. Yum, yum.

Barker says they plan to of­fer rides home with des­ig­nated driv­ers for $10 for those who need it and will also be fea­tur­ing live mu­sic.

Vlamis’ pre­vi­ous two craft beer tast­ings have at­tracted from 300 to 500 peo­ple. Vlamis Liquors is a fam­ily- owned- and- op­er­ated 70-year-old lo­cal busi­ness at 801 N. Bridge St.

Reg­is­ter to­day before it’s too late.

*** Pantry 1 Food Mart & Gas, lo­cated at 1897 Conowingo Road near Ris­ing Sun, re­cently signed up to be a U-Haul dealer with U-Haul Com­pany of Mary­land, Inc.

Owner Ai­jaz Shaikh said the U-Haul busi­ness started about two months ago and is op­er­ated as a sep­a­rate en­tity from the Food Mart, which is open 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. U-Haul hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon­day through Satur­day and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun­days.

The added ser­vice han­dles prod­ucts for mov­ing, haul­ing and stor­age.

*** The Elk­ton Acme store in the Big Elk Mall launched a new part­ner­ship with Sunoco last week that al­lows shop­pers to earn points through a new gas re­wards pro­gram that can get them up to a $1 per gal­lon dis­count.

The new pro­gram ex­tends to 179 Acme lo­ca­tions in Mary­land, Delaware, Penn­syl­va­nia, New Jersey, New York and Con­necti­cut and its 400 par­tic­i­pat­ing Sunoco sta­tions.

Cus­tomers earn one point for ev­ery $1 spent on el­i­gi­ble pur­chases at Acme and for out-of-pocket phar­macy costs, or two points for ev­ery $1 spent on a gift card. For ev­ery 100 points, the cus­tomer gets a 10 cents per gal­lon re­ward for gas.

Any­one can sign up for this new pro­gram in per­son or on­line at www.acmemar­kets.com, or down­load the Acme app.

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mattix for this col­umn, you may call her at 443-907-8440, or email her at: cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig. com.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF U-HAUL

Pantry 1 Food Mart & Gas near Ris­ing Sun is now a U-Haul dealer.

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

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