Tesla begins construction of the giant new Santa Monica Supercharger, but where is the 1950s restaurant?

Tesla has begun construction of a much-needed giant new supercharger station in Santa Monica. The station was also supposed to include the automaker’s 1950s restaurant, but it’s not clear now if the restaurant is still in the plans.

In 2018, Elon Musk said Tesla planned to open an “old-school drive-in, roller-skating, and rocking restaurant at one of the new Tesla Supercharger locations in Los Angeles.” It was yet another, “Is he kidding?” kind of idea from Elon Musk, but he apparently wasn’t kidding.

A few months later, Tesla actually applied for a building permit for “a restaurant and Supercharger station” in Santa Monica. However, the project has since stalled, apparently due to local regulations.

Nevertheless, Tesla still moved forward with a Supercharger on site because this part of Los Angeles really needs more Supercharger stations.

Last year, we reported on construction plans revealing that Tesla was planning a large 62-seat Supercharger V3 station at the site. When the project was approved in April 2021, Musk again said Tesla was still aiming to build a 1950s restaurant on site.

Nearly a year later, a local Electrek reader spotted the start of construction at the site:

The reader noted that construction is proceeding quickly. The location was just a dirt lot only a few weeks ago. The company has already poured concrete and installed quite a few Supercharger stands.

Now the question is whether the restaurant and outdoor movie screen are still in the plans, as Musk said last year.

Building plans submitted to the city haven’t been updated with anything that might indicate a restaurant, but there are a few other constructions on the site, including sun canopies and a small building.

We’ll keep an eye on the project to see if anything more comes out of it.

But the main purpose is to provide much-needed fast charging for Santa Monica and surrounding neighborhoods.

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