The Cupertino Planning Commission has approved of Apple’s plans for an off-campus cafeteria that can only be frequented by Apple staff. The purpose of this endeavor is for employees of the company to be able to eat and socialize without worrying about prying ears that might be listening in on their conversations in the hope of picking up a few bits of information. The new cafeteria will be 21,468 square feet in size and will include facilities such as lounge areas, meeting rooms and a courtyard along with the cafeteria services. The location for the new multi-level structure is at the intersection of Bandley Drive and Alves Drive and it will include a 70-space underground parking lot.
Dan Whisenhunt, Apple’s director of real estate facilities said, “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.” Once the facility is up and running it will be the 6th employee-only café the company currently has in Cupertino itself. To overcome traffic issues for the small 70-space parking lot mentioned above, Apple has plans to run 220 shuttle trips an hour during the lunch peak hour to and from the cafeteria.