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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Charleston food and bev design trend spotting: Shipping containers

Step aside, Edison light bulbs

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 11:09 AM

In case you haven't watched HGTV lately, shipping container architecture is all the rage right now. From a proposal to replace slum housing in major cities with Container Skyscrapers from China's CRG Architects to Canadian "modpool" swimming pools crafted from repurposed shipping containers, the industrial steel boxes have become all purpose building blocks. So it's no wonder we're seeing them pop up in local food and bev architecture. And with 1.12 million containers traveling through South Carolina ports each year, the design element actually makes sense.

As we reported earlier this month, the forthcoming Food Truck-O-Rama on Mt. Pleasant Street will have a rooftop container bar aptly named ... Container Bar. We've seen a few blueprints and it looks like owners Mike Veeck, Brad Creeger, and Bill Murray plan to stack a few containers to build out the space.

Downtown's Home Team BBQ has cleverly used shipping containers to create a stage/television hut outside, perfect for game days. And over at Holy City, the brewery used a shipping container to paint its signature mural.

According to HomeTuneup.com, using shipping containers in buildings is alluring because of their ease of use and relative affordability. The average 20-footer costs around $1,400 to $2,800. Plus, they can withstand practically any extreme weather including tornadoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes — a bonus in this city especially considering a well secured shipping container can withstand winds up to 175 miles per hour.

The next local restaurant to get in on the trend? Mt. Pleasant's Mainland Container Co. Kitchen & Bar (1528 Ben Sawyer Blvd.). Officially opening this Saturday — with a performance from Hootie & the Blowfish's Mark Bryan — the restaurant plans to have a namesake container bar outside once the town of Mt. Pleasant approves it.

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