Designed by architecture firm HOK, the new facility, known as Porsche’s North American Experience Center and Headquarters, will house 450 employees and expects 30,000 visitors per year.
The facility features everything for car lovers including a classic car gallery, restoration center, human performance center, cafes and driving simulator lab. Photos of its car museum and mile-and-a-half test track have already been released. And, newly unveiled, is a fine-dining restaurant, Restaurant 356.
Zagat recently paid a first visit to the restaurant (which was named after the first Porsche ever produced) and found that the dishes at the new HQ can be just as mouth-watering as the cars.
Here’s the rundown of a little of what to expect at Porsche’s North American Experience Center and Headquarters:
Restaurant 356 capitalizes on simplicity.“Executive chef Kyle Forson brings cooking experience, techniques and mindsets from France, California and Georgia,” Zagat said of restaurant 356’s offerings. “His dishes emphasize simplicity and seasonality, and he often forages for local ingredients himself.”
It is also all about sustainable, local ingredients …In regards to the menu, which capitalizes on the increasing popularity of the sustainability movement by offering locally-sourced, organic, farm-to-table foods, Forson told Zagat, “If we use blue cheese, I want to have met the goat that gave the milk for it.”
And comes with a view that can’t be beat.“The restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlook a driving track where potential customers can test drive cars,” wrote Zagat. “It also provides great views of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s arrival runways.”
Speaking of that test track …The new HQ includes a 1.6 mile, high-speed racetrack for potential buyers who really want to test the full capabilities of a new Porsche. Chances are your local dealership wouldn’t be too keen on you hitting 100 mph during your test drive.
There’s also an off-road course …While Porsche is obviously more well-known for its sports cars, drivers who want to test the off-road capabilities of the Cayenne SUV can do so at the new HQ.
… as well as a museum that displays, amongst other company artifacts, the aforementioned Porsche 356.The gallery at the HQ showcases not only the company’s birth, but its illustrious racing history.
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