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In September 2018, @RGJTaste became the first journalist to receive an in-depth look at the culinary program at the Tesla Gigafactory east of Reno.

Tesla is remaking an old idea — the company cafeteria — with a new economy spin, helping local food and drink vendors with the cost of set-up so they can feed 7,000 employees at the complex that produces batteries and drive units for Tesla’s electric vehicles.

Tesla Gigafactory Mess Hall

The main cafeteria-slash-food hall at the Tesla Gigafactory east of Reno stretches to about 19,000 square feet and serves about 700 meals a day. (Photo:Provided to RGJ Media)

Tesla’s culinary program encompasses 20 food trucks (12 to 15 on any given day), nine markets run by Rounds Bakery of Reno, an outpost of Roundabout Catering of Sparks, cafés from Sakana Sushi and Bangkok Cuisine of Reno, and a 19,000-square-foot main cafeteria.

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