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Top 5 Coolest Restaurants Inside of Shipping Containers

By February 11th, 2014 Creative Uses 3 Comments

With principles of sustainability infiltrating businesses around the world, budding restaurateurs everywhere are looking for ways to recycle and reduce waste. What better way to show how much you care about the Earth than by forgoing traditional building methods to set up shop in a repurposed shipping container?

Not only will the inherent uniqueness of a shipping container structure give your restaurant a one-up on your neighboring competitors; the benefits of working with a portable, durable shipping container make the choice of structure ideal for anyone unable to commit long-term to their location.

5. The Container Restaurant

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The Container Restaurant works out of repurposed shipping containers to serve food next to a brewery, pairing up brick-oven pizzas, sandwiches and other snacks with Ska Brewing’s beer offerings.

For a brewery in need of food but short on space, this restaurant’s container structure provided the brewers a perfect solution.  It also provided a more sustainable structure than creating a permanent building.

Taking great pride in their craft beer, the founders wanted the food served to maintain the same standard of high local quality. Knowing that food would enhance their customers’ beer-tasting experiences, they integrate their beer throughout the menu by using it either as an ingredient or to cook with.

The Container and Ska Brewing are located in Durango, Colorado.

4. El Rey Taqueria

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While many restaurants and retail spaces are catching on to the usefulness of using shipping containers as their main structure, one destination for tacos and margaritas is going all out. El Rey, a restaurant that just opened in Washington, D.C. in December 2013, made “anything that’s under cover” out of containers, as one of the creators told the Washington Post. So this doesn’t just include the building’s structure; it encompasses items inside as well.

The restaurant is using its container look to maintain a “rustic Mexican feel,” made entirely of recycled materials and even featuring a huge retractable roof covering 1,200 of its 3,600 total square feet.  This allows for a large area of the space to turn into a pleasant summertime patio; that can morph back into a warm haven come winter months.

Although winters in the nation’s capital can become brutal, shipping containers are well-equipped for the job of protecting people from harsh conditions. They’re made to withstand anything life on the ocean might throw at them…so rough weather conditions on land are a piece of cake. The protection the steel shipping container walls provide—with gas heaters to bring up the temperature—make for comfortable dining and drinking no matter what it’s like outside.

3. High-rise Subway Sandwiches

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During the construction of the new World Trade Center in New York City, a Subway consisting of three stacked containers moved higher and higher up the building as the building grew. The sandwich franchise provided sandwiches to the building’s construction workers—and no one else. Since the slow construction elevator made getting to the ground a huge hassle for the workers, a restaurant at their level made things easy and convenient. It was a necessity, as the workers were only given a 30-minute lunch break, and the construction elevator could take as long as 45 minutes to get to the ground.

Subway didn’t have to make any sacrifices to make this restaurant fit inside of a sky-high construction site—a site for the new tallest building in New York.  In fact, its shipping container base made the necessary task of moving it up when the work moved up painless. The restaurant consisted of a full kitchen, lounge space and storage…just like any other Subway.

This Subway in the sky actually offered more food options than the other Subways around town, adding hot dogs, hamburgers and pretzels to the menu. Also, the restaurant did not charge escalated prices despite its unique position and ability to do so without losing business. Additionally, this Subway even bakes its own sandwich bread daily like all of the other Subways around town.

2. Les Grandes Tables du 104

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Les Grande Tables is a shipping-container-constructed restaurant in Paris, France with a menu inspired by street food around the world.  The menu is created with locally grown produce, some from the on-site greenhouse, with a focus on fish and other organic foods.

Shipping containers do not make up the entire structure, but they do seem like somewhat of a centerpiece to the greater design. The minimalist architecture and décor demonstrate an example of the marvelous design that can be spun from simple container concepts.  This is seen widely with container homes but less so with restaurant and retail space.

Container architecture isn’t the only way this restaurant’s creator went environmentally-friendly; as mentioned, much of the food is grown in the greenhouse attached to the restaurant. Also, the seating for the eating area is made of a scrapped shipping container.

1. London’s Movement Café

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An innovatively designed pop-up café occupied space in London for several months as part of the city-wide renovations for the London Olympics in summer 2012. The restaurant’s playful, colorful vision seems inspired by the eccentricity of its shipping container base.

The distinguishing factors of the café’s design are its bright and cheery decorative choices. The design is sprinkled with fun and quirky typography to complement its light pop-up feel. The container it is made from allows for the shop to easily open or close up and revert back to its container state—and was a big part of why the entire shop took only 16 days to fully construct.

This café stands out because of how its overall design springboards off of the shipping container base to form a place to enjoy some food and relax under the sun. Unfortunately it closed up shop on Christmas 2012, but its presence served to further expand the shipping container shop trend that is sweeping the nation.

Learn more about how purchasing a container for your food service or retail needs is a practical business decision. Look no further than Container Technology, Inc…Your one stop for shipping containers of all sizes.  For a container built to suit your particular needs…Get a quote today.


How to Use Shipping Containers for Obstacle Courses

By January 31st, 2014 Creative Uses No Comments

Whether you’re working for a large-scale commercial obstacle course company or just looking for a fun and adventurous weekend with the buddies, variety is key in the art of the obstacle course. Shipping containers can bring this to your obstacle course, in addition to the strength and versatility you need. The containers can be something to climb up, through or over.

Unlike other traditional obstacle course materials that constantly wear out—such as hay bales, rope courses, or truck tires—shipping containers are made to withstand the test of time and natural elements. In fact, they’re built to last for months in the high seas, which should give a basic idea to their unstoppable resistance. Containers do not have to be constantly replaced like many other obstacles, so purchasing one (or several) can end up paying for itself several times over.

Not only do these all-weather-ready containers have the durability demanded by the most hardcore obstacle courses; their many functions make them great to have around for both storage and lounge space.

Additional Benefits

Shipping containers are ideal to have on standby for the storage of large materials and props. They provide the ability to double as obstacles by day and storage space by night. Pack away the rest of your course inside of your shipping container to make everything painlessly transferrable; then turn the container back into an obstacle when you set up shop the next day.

No obstacle course is complete without a place to cool down afterwards. Shipping containers have been used for lounge purposes for quite some time now. Choose from various customizations to turn a shipping container into a portable relaxation space with all the hook-ups you need (windows, doors, lighting, heat or AC units). If your course is more on the commercial side, consider having a container converted into an office space. Doing so would give you the ability to go anywhere your course does.

As obstacle courses generally have a rough and tough image anyway, get the most for your buck by opting to buy a used container. You’ll get the steel resilience that our containers promise at a more affordable price.

Look no further for this indispensable piece to your obstacle course. Discover for yourself the multitude of options of a sturdy shipping container today.

Photo Courtesy of Akos Kokai 


Outdoor Solutions: Hunting Camp Storage

By February 12th, 2013 Creative Uses No Comments

Having a secure place to keep all of your hunting equipment is a must for all hunters.  A storage container offers durability and security that you would not get from other types of storage methods. A storage container will not only protect your gear from the elements but intruders as well. The portability is also an excellent advantage to using a storage container.  They can be delivered directly to the site of your choosing and placed on the ground (with minimal to no set up required).  You can also move the container to a new location or remove it seasonally.

A cargo container will allow you to store all of your seasonal hunting gear in one place!  Cargo containers are an excellent alternative for storage as opposed to your garage or basement. We can also add a lock box on the doors of the container for added security.  A shipping container will help give you peace of mind…knowing your valuable hunting gear is safe and secure!

A shipping container can also be modified and utilized as a bunk house.  Who says you need to be sleeping out in the open just because you’re hunting. We can insulate the container and add bunk beds inside to provide a sleeping area.  A modified shipping container converted into a bunk house is a great way to protect you from the elements!

There are endless possibilities when it comes to the uses for a shipping container.  We offer different sizes which are: 10’ storage containers, 20’ storage containers, or 40’ storage containers and even larger. The 40’ and larger containers are also available in the high cube variety.  High cube containers are 1’ taller than standard height storage containers.  Any of these can be modified to fit your unique requirements.

Container Technology is the leading provider of dry storage containers and modified storage containers throughout the Southeast.  Call Container Technology today or complete an online quote request.


Creative Uses – 20ft Storage Containers – Superman Movie Set-Plano, IL

By December 9th, 2011 Creative Uses No Comments

The new Superman movie, The Man of Steel, will be released in December of 2012. The town of Plano, Illinois has gone through a dramatic change.

Hollywood and the Warner Brothers mega million-dollar production has come to a normally very quiet rural down – In the Superman comic, the town of Smallville is an important piece of the puzzle. To the producer and director of Superman, Plano, IL represents the perfect Smallville.

Filming for a portion of the movie was recently completed in Plano. This small but growing rural community 50 miles west of downtown Chicago was transformed into a Metropolis for a couple of weeks in August. The historical downtown district was closed to business while the movie was being filmed.

Sections of the town were temporarily changed to incorporate a barbershop, bank, fake 7-11 and other stores. As you can see from the pictures, they are just “storefronts” built in front of a structure that consisted of 20′ storage containers stacked and lashed in place three high.

So you may ask yourself why shipping containers? And what do they have to do with Superman? Well shipping containers are as strong as superman himself. They are made to be stacked 8 or 9 tall loaded with cargo. The structure of the container when lashed down is capable of withstanding category 5 hurricanes with ease. It has been reported even that during very powerful tornados, storage containers if secured to the ground are the only structures that survive. Storage containers have been used on countless movie and television sets for many different reasons. Often the shipping containers serve as a backdrop to create an industrial setting. They can easily be arranged like building blocks to create the ideal setting. They can also be used as portable structures, such as in Superman. The portability gives a non-permanent structure that can be setup quickly and efficiently. In addition to being convenient, they are also affordable.

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The twenty four (24) 20ft storage containers were supplied by Great Lakes Kwik Space, Aurora, IL. Great Lakes Kwik Space was happy to provide a solution for the Superman set and are pleased to hear that the movie created a positive economic impact for the local community in Plano, IL.   By the way, the fake 7-11 store gets blown up, (the shipping containers remain safe) and half the “town” gets destroyed… but we think Superman will prevail. Feel free to contact us for more information and a free quote.


20ft & 40ft Containerized Water Treatment Systems

By October 2nd, 2011 Creative Uses 2 Comments

AdEdge WaterPOD ™ 20ft & 40ft Containerized Water Treatment Systems Adedge Water Technologies, LLC,  located in Buford, GA has developed a unique concept for water treatment utilizing 20ft shipping containers and 40ft shipping containers. They are called WaterPODS™ (Trade Mark of Adedge Technologies, Inc.).

They have enlisted our services to retro fit the 20ft shipping containers and 40ft shipping containers with steel floors, lights, electrical, insulation, additional entry doors, etc. Upon being retro fitted, AdEdge takes over from there. The containers are delivered directly to their facility where they are transformed into WaterPODS™. All of the components that make up the WaterPOD™ are installed to meet the unique water treatment requirements of their customers.

Containerizing the WaterPODS™ makes them watertight and easily transportable. The structural integrity of the 20ft shipping containers and 40ft shipping containers remains intact. They can be transported to remote locations and require minimal space on-site when installed.

The 20ft shipping containers and 40ft shipping containers have yet again proven to be a viable solution for aftermarket conversions. AdEdge has shown that with creativity and ingenuity, shipping containers can be repurposed for just about any application.

For More information regarding AdEdge Containerized Water Treatment Systems please visit their website at www.adedgetech.com or

Download WaterPOD brochure


40ft Insulated Container – The Frog Pod – Atlanta, GA

By July 21st, 2011 Creative Uses 4 Comments

Customer Spotlight: Atlanta Botanical Gardens

We were contracted by the Atlanta Botanical Garden to convert a 40ft non-working refrigerated container otherwise known as 40ft insulated container into their “Frog Pod”.  They approached us with the concept to create on-site lab to cultivate new and endangered species of frogs.  They called it a “bio-secure amphibian research lab”.

A non-working refrigerated container (or insulated container) was a perfect fit for their application.  They didn’t need the refrigeration machine to be functional.  They needed an insulated area where the temperature and humidity could be controlled for the frogs.

We created two separate rooms within the 40ft insulated container.  The smaller room or “clean room” is where they enter the lab.  They come into this area and prepare themselves to enter the lab.  This is done to avoid bringing any outside contaminants into the lab itself.  We installed the access door from the exterior, interior door, electrical, overhead lighting, window A/C and linoleum flooring.  The botanical garden also installed some of their own components as well as the plumbing.

The interior door opens up into the lab area.  This area is where the frog specimens are cultivated and monitored.  We installed the exterior door, windows, electrical, overhead lighting, and window A/C.  All of the tanks, racks, tank lighting and miscellaneous components were installed by the botanical garden.

It was a fun and innovative project to be a part of…The “Frog Pod” represents another creative way in which a container (in this case, a non-working refrigerated container) can be converted and used in the aftermarket. 40' Insulated Container

Writer: Ray Gregorio Company: Container Technology Inc. Contact: ray@containertech.com | 770-960-6210

 


Specialized Bicycles

By July 19th, 2011 Creative Uses No Comments

Customer Spotlight: Specialized Bicycles : Product: 40 ft High Cube Containers

Specialized bike manufacture has chosen to use a 40 ft High Cube Shipping container as an innovative way to transport and display their cutting edge bicycles. The use of the container in this way marks a new era for display and transportation while using a recycled shipping container for sale

The Specialized traveling ISO container will be used as a display and fitting center for the new cutting edge, specialized bicycles. The nuts and bolts behind this began with a 40ft High Cube One Trip Container. The container was transported to our facility in Santa Fe Springs to begin transformation from Standard 40 ft High Cube Container used to transport good throughout the world into a unique new existence as a display for excellent products. The container was first prepped to be painted signature candy apple red and white on the interior. Specialized decided to have us create two steel sliding doors that would easily become the entrance and exit. These steel sliding doors are an excellent and economical choice because they contain very little material. We are basically creating a door from the corrugated container siding with the only additional material being the steel frame welded to the cutout section and the rails that create the slider. This steel sliding door is easy to open and close with rollers on the top and the bottom.

After the steel sliding door was installed we painted the containers interior and exterior and delivered to the marketing company who contracted us to finish the interior of the container.

The Containers First Stop is the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California.

The 21st Annual Sea Otter Classic is a four-day ”Celebration of Cycling“ that welcomes over 8,000 athletes and 50,000 race fans and other bicycle enthusiasts. Hundreds of pro cyclists, including national and world champions, come to Sea Otter to race, sign autographs, and share their racing techniques with fans. The Sea Otter Classic also hosts the largest consumer bike exposition in North America. The Expo holds hundreds of vendors who display new products and offer samples and bargains.

Specialized is excited for the ease of set up, customization and portability of the display. They were needing 3-4 hours to set up tents in the past. They feel that the container display truly sets them apart from the other vendors at the event.

 

Specialized will use the container at each stop of the up coming Amgen Tour of California.

 


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