The San Jose Mercury News reports that Apple has received approval from the City of Cupertino to build a new 21,468 square foot cafeteria. This new cafeteria will be a few blocks away from its main headquarters. Apple’s new cafeteria is mainly for workers from Apple’s satellite buildings in the neighborhood. Cupertino’s Council website shows where Apple will locate its new cafeteria.
This new cafeteria will give them a private location to eat and conduct business without needing to worry about competitors overhearing their conversations. The new cafeteria will as well offer private meeting rooms, lounge areas, courtyard space, and a 70-space parking garage underneath the cafe. It will also have a 1,000 seat corporate auditorium, a fitness center, central plant, parking and new 300,000 square feet research facilities.
“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,” Dan Whisenhunt, Apple’s director of real estate facilities, said at Tuesday’s meeting. “That is a real issue today in Cupertino because we’ve got other companies here in our same business.”
Apple believes that it will see 228 passenger trips per hour during its lunchtime peak and will be able to facilitate double that number if needed.
The company does allow visitors to eat at Caffe Macs (Apple’s on site restaurant at the main campus) if they are accompanied by an employee. However, this new cafeteria will be exclusively for staff.