For Adam Lashinsky, who penned an Apple tell-all that dropped in January, Cupertino eateries near Apple’s campus were invaluable sources of privileged information. But for Apple, those locations and the secrets their patrons, its employees, let slip are a constant annoyance, and curious authors aren’t its only concern. Corporate espionage represents a more serious threat, and to cut down on its incidence, Apple plans to build a new, 21,468-square-foot off-campus restaurant that will separate its loose-lipped employees from potential eavesdroppers. The facility, which will be located in the shadow of Apple’s Infinite Loop headquarters, will include a cafe, meeting room, lounge areas, and courtyard facilities.
Dan Whisenhunt, Apple’s director of real estate facilities, discussed the project, pictured above, in a Tuesday meeting:
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.
Source: The Next Web