A long-running Hollywood restaurant is closing and it appears one of the world’s most controversial figures may be relocating his business.
Shakey’s in Hollywood will close on Tuesday, and Tesla, led by Elon Musk, has submitted plans to the city of Los Angeles to move into the first such 24-hour restaurant and electric vehicle charging station.
Many people know that Shakey’s on Santa Monica Boulevard has been around for over 50 years.
A company spokesperson told NBC4 they didn’t want to leave, but their owners sold, their lease ended, and now the pizzeria will close on Tuesday.
It looks like Elon Musk and Tesla plan to move in.
In 2018, billionaire Elon Musk tweeted that he wanted to open a vintage car, roller skates and rock restaurant in a Tesla Supercharger location in Los Angeles.
It now appears that his dream has somewhat come true.
“I used to come to Shakey’s as a kid,” says Shakey’s customer Christine Mendez.
Shakey’s on Santa Monica Boulevard is closing, and Tesla has filed papers to open a 24-hour restaurant, electric vehicle charging station and drive-in movie theater.
But they don’t show movies here. Tesla says that if approved, they will put two movie screens on the land that will function for 30 minutes, which is enough to charge your electric car.
“Tesla reached out to us,” said Alex Marsage, whose family is selling the land to Tesla.
Masage’s family owns land here, and they agree to sell it to Tesla
“Fantastic. It will definitely improve the area. I have another project under construction across the street. Aune is also under construction, and if I’m not going to develop this, I’m glad Tesla is taking over it,” Massa Chi said. “We don’t like to sell, but we’re excited about this project and the prospect.”
However, not everyone is excited about the change.
“I’m not an Elon fan,” said Mark Schmidt, who lives in the area. “I’m glad you told me. I’m glad you told me not to visit when it’s up.”
“I support this project, I support it,” Los Angeles resident Gabriel Silva said.
Silva, who has lived in Los Angeles all his life, ate lunch at Shakey’s, but said he was happy with the closure.
“It’s a great location, it’s a great restaurant, it’s been here for decades, but I think a change would be better,” Silva said.
Regardless of opinion, change is on the way, and this time-honored restaurant is closing its doors next week.
“I really miss this restaurant,” said Shakey customer Christine Mendez.
Masage is a member of the city’s development committee. He said the licensing was still a work in progress and the design would take some time, possibly years to complete.
As for Shakey’s, employees have the option to move after closing on Tuesday.