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Shipping Container Restaurants – Yeah, They Exist


Shipping Conatiners for Restaurants

The phrase ‘meal-in-a-box’ is getting a whole new twist. Shipping container restaurants are making waves. If you don’t believe us, then look at Starbucks and Taco Bell. Both of these world-class chains have their own shipping container cafes and restaurants. Read on to find out how you can set up your own!








Planning your own shipping container restaurant. Shipping containers are versatile, but turning a shipping container into a restaurant takes careful research and planning. First, you need to design the space. Many architecture firms work with shipping containers. Once the design has been finished, you’ll need to gather all the building permits and select a general contractor. It’s a good idea to find someone who has worked with shipping containers before.

Next, you’ll need to purchase as many shipping containers as necessary.

What kind of container should I use? There are two options you can use for your storage container restaurant – new containers and used containers. New containers are, obviously, brand new and easy to work with. These containers won’t show any signs of use or rust. Used containers generally resale in good shape, but could have some rust and dings. For some, this just adds character.

Where can I buy containers for my shipping container restaurant? At Mobile Modular Portable Storage, we stock a wide variety of shipping containers for rent and sale at great prices. We have standard 10 foot, 20 foot and 40 foot containers, and we’re sure you’ll find something that’s just right for your shipping container restaurant. We deliver our containers with our fleet of trucks and trailers.

How much does a shipping container restaurant cost?. Shipping container costs vary based on size and condition. In general, used containers begin around $1,500. New, or one trip containers, cost around $5,000 to $8,000.

Shipping container restaurant success stories. Starbucks made a bold decision to recycle the shipping containers that carried their coffee and tea across the world to build their first ever Reclamation Drive-Thru in Tukwila, Washington. The whole restaurant comprises four shipping containers combined into one LEED green building.

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