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.
The CEO of Cracker Barrel said he didn’t initially expect a lot of traffic at the stations, but he wanted to offer “a bit of future with their old-fashioned cooking.”
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.
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