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Let's get real for a minute: I miss dining out and I'm tired of pretending that I don't. Who's with me?

In this unusual 2020 climate, many of us are choosing to stay home and stay safe, opting for takeout and delivery, making our own coffee, and googling recipes for the millionth time. We're fondly waxing poetic about the days of brunch with friends, family dinners, and after-work drinks with the team. 

To celebrate some of our favorite places, we're happy to share about some innovative cafes, bars, and restaurants that have used shipping containers to optimize their facilities!

umbriaphoto by Umbria Coffee

First, we're going to make a stop in Chicago's Logan Square to check out Caffe Umbria, an artisan coffee roaster that cleverly uses coffee shipping containers to welcome guests into their coffee experience. The bold colors and natural wear and tear of the containers complement the bold, unique, and flavorful espresso and coffee beverages served up daily.

umbria2photo by Umbria Coffee

umbria1photo by Umbria Coffee

Next, we'll check out a gulf-side eatery in sunny Pensacola, Florida. The eclectic Red Fish Blue Fish delivers sustainability both indoors and outdoors. The structure was built from shipping containers that were repainted Red and Blue as a complement to the name, which is inspired by the popular Dr. Seuss book.


photo by Red Fish Blue Fish

The implementation of solar panels and installation of a reclaimed wood walkway further demonstrate the owners’ commitment for environmental stewardship. Additionally, their seafood offerings are sourced from like-minded sustainability partners along the coast.

Before we make our way into the Golden State, we'll take a pitstop at The Eddy, an outdoor beer garden in  Reno, Nevada.

theeddyphoto by The Eddy

The building is built entirely from used intermodal containers, including the seating areas and service counters. Talk about recycled construction! 

theeddy1photo by The Eddy

On San Francisco’s Treasure Island stands MerSea, an eco-conscious dining experience built entirely from  storage containers. This chic, industrial space contains an indoor bar and dining room, a kitchen and a private dining space.

merseaphoto by Mersea

On the veranda you'll find a putting green and bocce court alongside an outdoor dining space, offering stunning vistas of the San Francisco skyline, the Bay Bridge and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

merseaphoto by Mersea

SteelCraft in Long Beach, CA is an outdoor food hall constructed from repurposed shipping containers. Contained herein are numerous local eateries, artisan coffee, craft brews, shave ice, and don't forget the waffles! 

steelcraftphoto by Steelcraft

Our last stop on our tour is at Crackheads, an all-day, fast-casual breakfast concept + a full bar in Carlsbad, California. The delightful eatery and it's neighbor, a juice bar called Choice Juicery, are both constructed from used shipping containers. Both are kid-friendly and dog-friendly thanks to cornhole, picnic tables and turf-style grass.

crackheadsphoto by Crackheads

We recommend that you check the hours, availability, and the local guidelines before visiting these establishments and hope that you check out these concepts when it is safe for you to do so! 

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Written by Container Guru / November 23, 2020

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