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    Shipping container restaurants and cafés


    Open up to your customers faster with a shipping container restaurant or café.

    Thanks to their modular design and sturdy structure, retired shipping containers are a popular choice for converting into a catering unit.

    So, whether you’re looking to open a unique dining experience in a bustling city centre or need a cost-effective way to get your eatery off the ground, we can help to create a shipping container restaurant tailored to your needs – and your menu.

    To find out more about our container conversion services, call us today on 0870 240 9405.

    How is a container restaurant crafted?

    Offering a modern solution to cookie-cutter building stock and overly high rental prices, we are seeing a rise in shipping containers converted to restaurants.

    Quick to personalise and install, able to stack safely with other premises to transform larger areas, and a more eco-friendly option, recycled shipping containers make for a fun, impactful, and popular pop-up restaurant.

    You can transform it into anything! Including a single-storey classic café in a shipping container, a roadside coffee shop, multi-storey Michelin star modular restaurants, or even fruity juice bars, they can do it all.

    Whatever it is you have in mind, simply let us know your needs and budget and our engineers will get to work, modifying our transportation containers to meet your specific requirements.

    As a UK-leading specialist, Gap Containers has over 30 years of experience in innovative container conversions. So you could say we understand what it takes to design, create, and bring your perfect shipping container restaurant to life.

    The first step is to arrange a one-to-one consultation. So why not get in touch today?

    Benefits of a container restaurant concept

    Container restaurant concepts and shipping container coffee shops have become increasingly popular over the last few years with start-up chefs and experienced restauranteurs alike.

    So, why have they begun to boycott the traditional building methods of bricks and mortar in favour of an empty steel box?

    Put simply, a container restaurant concept has a lot of benefits that make it a natural solution for the restaurant industry, including:

    Increased and easier personalisation

    Restaurant design and brand identity are often key aspects of a food business – alongside great quality cuisine, of course!

    The structure of a shipping container restaurant can be easily modified to suit your restaurant’s style and the interior can be fitted with your specific equipment requirements, including:

    • Floor-to-ceiling windows for plenty of natural light
    • French doors
    • Specialist lighting installations
    • Built-in elements, such as a bar, shelving, or cupboards
    • Zoned spaces for a dining area or seating

    Plus, with a much shorter turnaround than a brick building, decorating your modular restaurant can be completed in as little as a few days.

    Offering sustainable solutions

    Did you know that shipping containers converted to restaurants can be much more eco-friendly?

    Instead of contributing to the congestion and total amount of greenhouse gases released during construction, you can reduce the carbon footprint by converting an old container into container restaurants or container franchises related to food and drink.

    Similarly, because shipping container restaurants are constructed from durable, weather-proof, and low-maintenance Corten steel – they can last for decades.

    Combined, this helps give your brand identity the eco-friendly edge it might be missing – while also making opening branches in new locations even easier.

    Easily transported

    Are you looking for modular designs that allow you to target markets and festivals? Or perhaps you want to install your portable restaurant in a complex inner-city location full of restrictions and overhead wires?

    Worry not, with a shipping container restaurant from Gap Containers, you can create a pop-up eatery that is uniquely mobile – allowing you to tap into different markets and revenue streams.

    Increased cost-effectiveness

    Perhaps the biggest benefit is how economical shipping container restaurants can be.

    Unlike traditional premises which can cost tens of thousands before they start to make money, container restaurants can have a very minimal start-up cost – as they can also be fabricated according to your budget.

    By using pre-existing shipping containers, you can cut thousands out of the budget for building materials and land costs, making your dreams of opening a modular restaurant much more achievable.

    This also means your container restaurant can start bringing in money sooner – helping you break even or turn a profit on an accelerated timescale.


    Contact us for a bespoke container restaurant

    Whether you have dreamt of your own establishment for years or are exploring a new career path – consider a shipping container restaurant.

    Eco-friendly, far more economical than traditional premises, and with endless possibilities for customisation and design, shipping containers can make a most impactful and unique modular restaurant – helping set you apart from the high-street chains.

    To discuss your ideas for a container restaurant with a member of our experienced team today – or for a quote – simply give us a call on 0870 240 9405.

    Alternatively, you can send an email to and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can to get your shipping container restaurant adventure underway!

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