Local restaurants say Google's free food putting them out of business
California restaurateurs say they are losing customers to Google's free food program.
July 15 — A group of restaurant owners north of Highway 101 say they have been watching their customers disappear as Google expands in the area, bringing them to the brink of closure unless Google is willing to pay for its employees to eat off-campus.
In Mountain View, over 10,000 Google employees are now fed in private cafeterias serving organic food throughout the North Bayshore area north of Highway 101, like the one that recently opened at 1015 Joaquin Road, around the corner from the restaurants. The result is that most of the restaurants have lost a majority of their business over the last year, owners say.