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Food trucks were once a hot “must visit” destination. You can still see food trucks in most major cities today, but there is a new trend that seems to be gathering strength. Shipping container kitchens are making an appearance in many major cities and some smaller ones too.


These rooms are self-contained and are a fantastic way to repurpose an old shipping container that is no longer needed by the company that was previously using it. With the importance of repurposing items and transforming them into something that is useful, the upcycling of shipping containers is not only trendy, but completely extraordinary.

Shipping Container Kitchens – Ready Made Solutions

Today’s solution, filling the need for a kitchen or a restaurant, are shipping container kitchens that are durable and cost effective. These kitchens can be moved via truck to any location where they are needed. The entire unit can be joined together with other similar containers to form a substantial full sized facility once in place.

These containers can be a temporary solution when a kitchen is needed for an event such as a large festival. They can also be the perfect solution for work camps and can provide food facilities for workers as well as a place to sleep if that is needed. Since shipping container kitchens are extremely portable, they can be transported easily to where the need arises. If a disaster occurs then the container can be moved to a new location to supply food to those who are in need.

When a shipping container is used and business is not that substantial, the entire restaurant can be picked up and moved to a better location where things may be a little bit busier. A regular restaurant that is experiencing slow business does not have the same “relocation” ability and may end up closing its doors because it cannot go where the customers are.

Examples of Great Shipping Container Kitchens

More often these days shipping container kitchens are appearing in a variety of locations including New York’s Times Square, under the Eiffel Tower in Paris and in the inner harbour of Victoria, BC. The entire kitchen is self-contained inside of the container, so it is easy to use and to serve people who are walking by outside.

In Victoria, British Columbia, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a trendy restaurant that is located in an old Hummer Crate. The owners admitted that they had some problems getting the right permits to open a restaurant in what the City perceived as a garbage bin. Fast forward several years and Red Fish, Blue Fish is a destination for many hungry tourists who visit Victoria each year. The restaurant serves local seafood prepared in traditional ways with some interesting twists on the local fare. On any given day the line-up for this food vendor can curl around the corner and out of sight.


The Container Restaurant is located in Durango, Colorado. It serves food next to a brewery and pairs up brick over pizza with other snacks and sandwiches while pairing up with Ska Brewing’s brews. The container structure provides the perfect solution to the need of the brewery to serve their brews with food. The founders of Ska Brewing were looking for a place to serve food that would also be of the same high local quality to enhance the beer tasting experience of their customers.

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Washington, D.C. has a container restaurant known as El Ray. It is located in what was a bare and ragged paved lot near Dodge City. The new glass storefront has three painted shipping containers which contain a beer garden and a taqueria. There is a large patio in the back that also has a retractable roof that can be rolled back or extended for coverage as needed. Although they focus mainly on tequila and tacos but they do keep some beer on tap. There are windows that face the street and allow people who are walking by to order tacos from the street. The idea began as a concept for a summer beer garden and a taco shop after Eric Hilton saw houses in the Caribbean that were built out of shipping containers.

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Food vendors in the Dundas and Bathurst area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada have created a small food court with an eclectic collection of food vendors outside of the Scadding Court Community Centre. In this collection of food vendors one can get anything from a hot Indian sandwich, grilled cheese sandwiches, fried mini doughnuts, bubble tea, Korean pancakes, ethical meat and a wide variety of other foods that are not readily available in any typical grocery store. The shipping container kitchens were seen as a way to revitalize the area and to create vending stalls and an office space to create a marketplace and food court in the area.

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Shipping container kitchens are slowly making their way into city centres and are being seen more often in these areas. People no longer have to settle for those run of the mill food courts, they have so many interesting choices with shipping container vendors who want to offer something different from the usual fare that is available in most restaurants and food courts.

People are ready to eat something that is different from the ordinary and they want a unique dining experience too.

When food vendors start dispensing their culinary delights from a shipping container the entire experience is taken to a whole new level. If you have been looking for a unique experience, consider scoping out a local shipping container eatery in your city or something nearby.

You will be completely surprised about what culinary delights await you!

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