By Davina Fisher / For the Daily Press
YERMO — A 65-foot ice cream cone along Interstate 15 on the way to Las Vegas is the landmark that points to Eddie World — a one-stop shop that owner Alex Ringle describes as the “Disneyland of gas stations.”
The 27,000-square-foot candy factory, ice cream parlor, gas station and eatery is now open and promises to put a smile on the faces of both adults and kids alike.
Eddie World has accumulated close to 500,000 Facebook video views since its Jan. 8 soft opening. As the halfway mark between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Eddie World offers 26 gas pumps with 18 Tesla supercharging stations. Ice cream and popcorn are made onsite, along with hand-prepared pizza, salads, sandwiches, sushi and poke. Executive chef Miguel Jaimes manages the restaurant.
“Our slogan is, ‘Our fish is two hours fresher than Las Vegas,’” Ringle said. “People may say, ‘Why would you ever put sushi or fish in the middle of the desert?’ We’re willing to take risks when no one else is.”
Eddie World Site Administrator Dee De Crigler said the center of the facility is filled with candy, dried fruits and vegetables.
“There’s a Peet’s Coffee, Jerky, Calico Pizzeria,” said Crigler, “a huge dining area and an outdoor sitting area.”
An edible 3D gummy printer can make “pretty much anything you can imagine” within minutes. Coffee machines from Switzerland don’t grind coffee beans until patrons push a button — what Ringle describes as the freshest cup of coffee.
And Ringle didn’t forget about one of the most important features of a gas station — the restroom.
“Our entire business model is built around the cleanliness and opulence of our bathrooms,” Ringle said. New interactive technology in the men’s urinals senses when a patron is near and allows them to earn points by shooting tanks while relieving themselves.
For sports fans, there’s a wall featuring the original basketball court from the Great Western Forum surrounded by Lakers memorabilia.
This second location of Eddie World — the first is in Beatty, Nevada — has been in the works for five years. Ringle says the sudden death of a general manager forced him into the family business. He feels the Yermo Eddie World is going to give the area new opportunities and more awareness of the town’s location.
“It’s an inspiration for the future generation. There’s a lot of potential and a lot of people know that and are excited,” said Ringle, who employs 70 staff members at Eddie World. “We own a lot of property in the area so there’s potential for creating other businesses depending on how this all goes in the next couple months.”
A grand opening celebration is scheduled for March 21 where vendors, sponsors, radio and news stations, and the public will be invited to make it a special day. The Eddie World Yermo Facebook page will be updated weekly on the upcoming celebration.
“There’s no one like us. We’re pretty much wholly unique in everything that we do,” Ringle said. “It’s going to become the attraction before people get to their destination. It will become a tradition.”
Eddie World is located at 36017 Calico Road Yermo and is open seven days a week, 6 a.m. to midnight. The restaurants, popcorn and ice cream parlour are open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with Peet’s Coffee open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. To stay up to date on Eddie World visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EddieWorld