5 Cool Pop-Up Restaurants Made from Recycled Shipping Containers
Recycled shipping container pop-up restaurants are a global trend, a fun, innovative and eco-friendly dining trend that has caught on throughout the world. Even Starbucks opened up its own trendy cargo container coffee shop. Of course, now that it is popular, everybody wants to claim the credit for starting the trend. Some say it came from the ultra-hip underground dining supper clubs. Others say it’s the natural evolution of the beloved food trucks and their fresh, authentic ethnic cuisines. Still more shake their heads and say ‘necessity is the mother of invention,’ pointing to developing nations and their truly innovative entrepreneurs. Whatever the source, it is a trend that is here to stay. Here are 5 notable pop-up shipping container restaurants to visit if you get the chance:
1. Saucy’s Walk-Up Bar.b.q has been in operation since 2010. Located at 5th and Bollingbrook, in Petersburg Virginia, it is housed in a 20 ft. long converted shipping container. According to local legend, it came about because founder Tom McCormac, formerly of the Indie rock fusion band Carbon Leaf, recalled his hungry searches after the show for quick food stands and walk-ups. A former metal worker, he quickly recognized the potentials of shipping containers. The rest, as they say, is history. And, as his devoted clientele indicates, he can look forward to a bright, successful future.
2. Red Fish Blue Fish offers fresh – and that’s very fresh – from its ‘right on the dock’ location. This single shipping container eatery is located in Victoria, British Columbia. Eco-friendly is a philosophy they’ve taken to heart, and it shows well beyond their choice in building. They make a point of using recycled materials whenever possible and pride themselves on the sustainability factor that is central to their menu.
3. Muvbox shipping container restaurant is a pretty amazing feat of solar powered technology. At the push of a button the shipping container’s sides come down, providing space for 28 people to sit down and eat. It takes about 15 minutes to set up the tables, once the button is pushed and the sides move into position. There are awnings also, so the eating area is covered for shade. Solar accounts for about 40 percent of the power. Propane runs most of the kitchen equipment, making this a self-contained, off the grid Montreal dining spot that shouldn’t be missed.
4. La Boite.com Cafe is located in a 20-ft. shipping container in Austin, Texas. Coffee and pastry is its primary focus. Regionally famous for not just its innovative structure, but also for its macaroons done in the true French pastry style, this little spot is a big hit. They also serve French style sandwiches and croissants.
5. The Container Café is another single shipping container eatery, located in Milton Keynes, U.K. Its bright green exterior is certainly eye-catching. It’s efficiently designed interior is complemented with a bit of whimsy. It is painted to look as though it is constructed of whitewashed reclaimed wood. One side is split to form a pair of sliding doors, and when they’re slid apart, the cafe counter is revealed. Simple and neat, this cafe offers an excellent example of a smoothly operating eco-friendly little business.
Author Jennifer Sanders writes about innovative uses for recycled or reclaimed portable storage container. Whether you’re thinking about containers for rent, or purchasing a recycled one for a business project, you’ll find their many uses inspiring.