Apple has gained planning permission to build a new restaurant off campus for employees to eat and discuss developing projects without fear of competitors overhearing.
The company has been granted permission by the Cupertino Planning Commission to build the new 21,468 square foot cafeteria. The building will include a meeting room, lounge areas and courtyard facilities, as well as a cafe and dedicated area for the restaurant staff. The site is only a short walk away from Apple's HQ.
The plans were approved at a meeting on Tuesday where Dan Whisenhunt, Director of Real Estate Facilities at Apple, explained why the new building will be beneficial: "We like to provide a level of security so that people and employees can feel comfortable talking about their business, their research and whatever project they're engineering without fear of competition sort of overhearing their conversations. That is a real issue today in Cupertino because we've got other companies here in our same business."
According to Apple, the restaurant will receive 228 passenger trips per hour during peak lunchtime hours. Visitors can eat at Caffe Macs, the on campus restaurant, if they are signed in by an employee. In order for the new restaurant to be completely secure, however, there will be no semi-public access.
Apple is still seeking permission to build the new "Spaceship" HQ, the campus of which will be a gigantic 2.8 million square feet and will be home to 13k employees on four floors.
Source: Mercury News