Port House Grill installs Tesla charging stations
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.
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Pantry 1 Food Mart & Gas near Rising Sun is now a U-Haul dealer.