Tesla files plans for a dining/drive-in Supercharger on Santa Monica Blvd. at Hollywood

Tesla has would have filed plans for a 29-seat supercharger and drive-in restaurant/cinema in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA. The location is at 7001 Santa Monica Boulevard at the intersection with Orange Drive.

Tesla originally planned to build the restaurant in the coastal city of Santa Monica, but later moved the plans to Hollywood. Now, perhaps a bit confusing to outsiders, we’ve learned that the restaurant will still be in Hollywood…but on Santa Monica Boulevard, one of the city’s main streets.

The old Santa Monica site has a compressor that opened in February, although that compressor no longer receives a restaurant.

The new location is currently occupied by a Shakey’s Pizza Parlor, which appears to still be operational. Plans would involve demolishing Shakey’s and building a new two-story restaurant in its place. The property already has ample parking, although the lot would need to be remodeled to add superchargers.

The ground floor will include the kitchen, a bar with stools, several cabins and an outdoor bar around the building. The top floor will have outdoor rooftop seating with a bar, multiple tables, and two rows of a theater-style seating area and a standing bar behind the theater seats. The ground floor also has a “carhop area” for servers to bring meal orders to cars in the parking lot.

The theater-style seats will overlook a parking lot with 29 boost stations and 34 slots in total – the final 5 will have Level 2 chargers for low-speed charging. The car park will have two screens visible on the roof and the cars in the car park.

The theater will show short feature films, approximately 30 minutes in length, intended to last as long as a standard meal/loading session could last.

It’s hard to tell from these drawings what aesthetic the restaurant will suit. It was originally advertised as an “old fashioned” restaurant, but the addition of landscaped bamboo screens surrounding the property on the north and west sides seems to deviate from that aesthetic. Tesla may now be aiming for a “futuristic” aesthetic, rather than the original “old-school” one, and these designs seem like they could go either way.

Tesla is asking the city to allow the site to operate 24 hours a day – including the restaurant. However, the theater may not operate all night because Tesla has not asked the city to change the theater’s operating restrictions. We don’t know if that means the restaurant will definitely be open 24 hours a day, but Tesla at least wants the permit to stay open that long.

Tesla has already filed permit applications for this project when it was in the city of Santa Monica, so plans could change again, especially if the city comes back and says this project has flaws. The parking lot, in particular, seems to have a few oddly shaped spaces, so we’ll see if the city has any issues with that.

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