The South is often stereotyped as being a bit backwards — deservedly so, I’ll admit.
So when there is a glimmer of forward thinking taking place there, I feel like I have to shine a big ol’ light on it.
In this case, an environmentally-responsible one.
Cracker Barrel, a chain of homestyle restaurants known for their yummy, artery-hardening Southern-style cooking, country stores, and rockers on the front porch, are adding electric car charging stations to 24 of their 50 restaurants in April.
The program is part of a $230-million EV project to provide infrastructure and encourage a market for electric cars. The stations, which require about 30 minutes to complete a charge, send a cellphone signal to owners when their car is ready. So diners can enjoy another biscuit until their Chevy Volt is amp’ed.
He’s right to wonder. Are people environmentally-conscious enough to buy a hybrid or electric car going to want to eat at a Cracker Barrel? Are the two things just too inherently different to co-exist? I for one hope the electric car owners are willing to meet Cracker Barrel halfway.
Because it’s GOOD.