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Apple Planning To Build Private Restaurant 234

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First time accepted submitter a90Tj2P7 writes "Apple is building a 21,468 square foot private restaurant in Cupertino so employees can talk shop over lunch without being overheard. Apple's director of real estate facilities, Dan Wisenhunt, stated that: '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.'"
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Apple Planning To Build Private Restaurant

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  • lol (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    >apple
    >research

    nice try

  • by decora (1710862) on Thursday April 26, 2012 @08:28PM (#39814919) Journal

    Adele Goldberg -- "actually, i did think of that, and told you guys, but you ignored me"

    Consumer - "and that democratization of information between Xerox, Apple, and Microsoft brought technology to the masses and created the computer revolution of the 80s and 90s"

    Apple CEO - "and we cant have that again, because the 80s and 90s were brutal for the entrenched interests. like Xerox"

    Google - "no shit. thats why you shouldnt base your fucking business model on making information secret, when your entire history has been based on borrowing ideas from other people"

  • I hope (Score:5, Funny)

    by kelemvor4 (1980226) on Thursday April 26, 2012 @08:28PM (#39814921)
    I hope they serve more than just apples.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      My guess is it'll be a mix of Japanese inspired cuisine (borderline overly-santized pretty food) and yippie (yuppie+hippie) food. I'm kidding about that, but really this sounds depressing to me. Apple employees are known for not being allowed to have lives -- you'll find plenty of Google, Facebook, and other South Bay company employees living in San Francisco, but not Apple employees -- and this is just part of that isolated lifestyle. I used to want to work there, but there are much better options for empl

      • Re:I hope (Score:5, Interesting)

        by jcr (53032) <jcr@@@mac...com> on Friday April 27, 2012 @01:25AM (#39817253) Journal

        you'll find plenty of Google, Facebook, and other South Bay company employees living in San Francisco, but not Apple employees

        Really? Then why does Apple run a fleet of busses between Cupertino and San Francisco every day?

        Got anything else you want to make up like that?

        -jcr

      • by Guy Harris (3803)

        you'll find plenty of Google, Facebook, and other South Bay company employees living in San Francisco, but not Apple employees

        You just haven't looked hard enough.

    • Re:I hope (Score:5, Funny)

      by shugah (881805) on Friday April 27, 2012 @01:50AM (#39817381)
      It will undoubtedly have a walled garden.
  • If they don't know those have microphones and cameras, they won't realize security is a waste of time.

    or that you can hear everything just by the vibrations off of the windows.

    be vewwy vewwy quiet, I'm hunting trilobytes.

  • Next up... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by poity (465672) on Thursday April 26, 2012 @08:30PM (#39814943)

    employee dorms to prevent honey trap operations.

  • by DWMorse (1816016) on Thursday April 26, 2012 @08:33PM (#39814991) Homepage
    And lose iPhone prototypes without being publicly embarrassed.
    • And lose iPhone prototypes without being publicly embarrassed.

      No - that's what they'll open their first private "genius bar" for.

  • Cue the orchard jokes in 3...2...1....

  • Taking a nod from their Chinese counterparts wouldn't dormitories be the next step? If workers don't leave except for vacations wouldn't it limit people leaving prototypes in restaurants and other issues that arise?
    • by wiedzmin (1269816)

      limit people leaving prototypes in restaurants

      Right, and start spending money on actual marketing campaigns? No way.

  • What's new? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Snowgen (586732) on Thursday April 26, 2012 @08:37PM (#39815053) Homepage

    I've worked for big companies, and for startups. I have to say that on-campus dining facilities are pretty standard for big companies. We normally call them "cafeterias" but if you want to call it a restaurant knock yourself out.

    Not to mention that Google's in-house chefs are a thing of legend. I really don't see what's news here.

  • I really think this is no big deal. My office has a cafeteria, and the building is "secured". It's been that way since it was built in the 80's. I realize this place will probably have better food and might be down the street but I think it's the same basic concept.
    • I hear prisons have cafeterias too, and the building is "secured" too boot!

      Sounds like those visits to Foxcon taught them a thing or two.

  • by Elfboy (144703) on Thursday April 26, 2012 @08:46PM (#39815143)

    Apple has a wonderful cafeteria and a seriously epic variety of food, they are just out of space (food stations are being set up outside etc...). Makes perfect sense for them to house a larger "restaurant" (aka cafeteria) so employees don't have to head out to the local BJ's. Why is this being spun as an OMG Apple is too wealthy and splurging. Yahoo and others have freaking DMV and hairstyling services for employees (okay maybe Yahoo is not the best example here....)

    • by dsyu (203328)

      Cafe Macs is great, but yes, ridiculously crowded at noon -- better get there by 11:30 if you want a table.

      And that BJ's has got to go -- bland food and below average beer for exorbitant prices in a dull setting

      • by jcr (53032)

        Hear, hear! Bring back the Peppermill! It was fun to have a little bit of Las Vegas right on DeAnza boulevard.

        -jcr

    • by MtViewGuy (197597)

      You know, why Subway has not considered opening a franchised branch inside the Apple corporate campus is beyond me....

  • by WindBourne (631190) on Thursday April 26, 2012 @08:47PM (#39815159) Journal
    Seriously, many of the reasons for building in-house cafes was to allow those kinds of discussions to occur. Yet, many conversations occur outside in other restaurants. As such, they should have the dining room divided into multiple sections so that it is possible to have conversation with outsiders, but not having others listening in.

    Also, they should seriously consider the idea of having multiple kitchens in it, and allow new chefs that come up with new concepts test it out there and then fund them for other restaurants if it is liked.
    • by SurfsUp (11523)

      many of the reasons for building in-house cafes was to allow those kinds of discussions to occur. Yet, many conversations occur outside in other restaurants.

      Perhaps this is about positioning to make conversations in an outside restaurant a firing offense.

  • Applebee's is in trouble.
  • 'We like to provide a level of security so that people and employees can feel comfortable...'

    Sounds like a pronouncement from the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Slashdot. News for nerds. Stuff that matters.

  • I work for a company that has an on-site restaurant/cafeteria... The food is fine and is subsidized by the company... But most people don't eat there because, really, there's only a subset of my co-workers that I feel like talking to at lunch. The rest, I don't really want to socialize with. On the one or two occasions where I've eaten at the cafeteria, there's always someone that sits down and wants to talk to me that frankly, I would rather not talk to... So we go out for lunch every day, somewhere diff

  • Private restaurant? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by rsilvergun (571051)
    Back'in my day we called these things Cafeterias.
    • by jo_ham (604554) <joham999@@@gmail...com> on Thursday April 26, 2012 @11:16PM (#39816599)

      So does Apple, to this day.

      Blame Cnet for the embellishment. Maybe they thought the headline "Apple builds cafeteria" wouldn't draw so many page hits? Couldn't possibly be that!

    • by cffrost (885375)

      Back'in my day we called these things Cafeterias.

      Back in my day, "employees" were a subset of "people;" not a distinct group of non-persons:

      Apple's director of real estate facilities, Dan Wisenhunt, stated that: 'We like to provide a level of security so that people and employees can feel comfortable talking [...]"

  • For copyright infringing recipes...

    Apple sues pirate chefs for replicating Apple's copyrighted recipes.

    Next Apple sues grandmothers for piracy for baking Apple trademarked chocolate chip cookies :P

  • by theodp (442580) on Thursday April 26, 2012 @10:14PM (#39816049)

    Problem [wsj.com] solved, declares DHS Chief Janet Napolitano.

  • Not surprise, indeed kind of surprised it's 1: not already the case, 2: it would raise any interest external to the enterprise concerned, In fact in house restaurants or cafes (or for the down market canteens) are pretty much De jure for most of the large research organisations I've worked for. Actually one good thing about them is it encourages conversation between areas that would normally not have communications beyond hierarchical memo passing and divisional manager meetings so, for a not entirely hypo
    • by Guy Harris (3803)

      Not surprise, indeed kind of surprised it's 1: not already the case,

      It is already the case [yelp.com]. It's just a longer walk from, say, Bandley 3 [javworld.com], although you can walk to Caffe Macs from Bandley 3.

      2: it would raise any interest external to the enterprise concerned,

      It's Apple - if somebody replaces a toilet tank in IL1 [javworld.com], somebody will think it's one of the most significant world events of the day.

  • The Menu (Score:3, Funny)

    by Renderer of Evil (604742) on Thursday April 26, 2012 @10:27PM (#39816181) Homepage

    1. Walled Garden Salad
    2. Beleaguered Sea Bass
    3. ThaiPad

  • by istartedi (132515) on Thursday April 26, 2012 @10:43PM (#39816349) Journal

    Manager: We're building a fancy new cafeteria, just like Google and a lot of other Si Valley companies.

    Assistant: Very good sir. Shall I alert the media?

  • Letting people talk about secure topics while in a cafeteria that all employees are allowed in isn't security.
  • Or... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by msobkow (48369)

    Or the employees could just STFU in public, like those of every other corporation on the planet.

    But maybe Apple's employees aren't presumed to be capable of discretion, seeing as they've repeatedly proven stupid enough to leave internal prototypes at random bars...

  • The cafeteria The break room The watercooler A conference room, with catering A conference room, bring your own food.
  • by Osgeld (1900440) on Friday April 27, 2012 @12:24AM (#39816979)

    The Apple Restaurant #1 seller is simply a whopper in a new wrapper that will only cost you 14.99 + tax + applecare with no pickles or onions to spare you any chance of heartburn, and any modifications must be approved by the CEO, but may be revoked later

    Have it your way!

  • ...they're right.

    Srsly. As a whole bunch of posts have said, plenty of companies have in-house cafeterias, and this is Apple's second one [maclife.com].

    Maybe it'll save some employees the disappointment of finding out that the Little Mustard Seed [patch.com] isn't a sandwich shop....

  • It appears that your company is running an onsite food preparation & service facility, disguised as a so-called "staff canteen", in flagrant breach of our patents.

    You owe us 28 squazillion dollars.

        Signed [crossed out with a crayon] Steve [/crossed out with a crayon] [written in with a crayon] Tim [/written in with a crayon]

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