Shipping container restaurants are gaining popularity as the hot new food-stop trend.

Why not? These containers play a large roll in the logistics for almost all food that arrives in the country- from bulk goods shipped in 40 foot containers to chilled products transported in refrigerated containers.

There are several reasons these steel boxes make great portable restaurants.

This trend of recycling or up-cycling portable storage containers into restaurants makes it easier for restaurateurs to get into the restaurant business, allowing them to get into business inexpensively.

More permanent than pop-up stands or food trucks, shipping container restaurants offer a more stable location for customers.

These steel boxes can be placed with ease almost anywhere you want. The uniqueness of the shipping container can draw a crowd. If it is not successful in one location, the container can be picked up and relocated. It can also be placed on a base with wheels and pulled by a truck.

Containers can be modified to meet the needs of the customer. Modifications can range from the addition of plumbing and electric to roll-up side doors and windows; these steel boxes can be transformed into almost anything!

Container Restaurant

Pac-Van recently played a role in the production of Semper Slider, a stationary take-out trailer located outside of Opry Mills in the Music Valley Village. The shipping container was purchased out of Pac-Van’s Nashville branch and modified by the chef/owner himself into a container restaurant complete with plumbing, electric, stainless steel wall panels, tile and a full kitchen. Semper Slider specializes in hand crafted sliders and tots. Check out this slide show to see the modification of this container from start to finish.

Are you looking for a container to modify into a kiosk, food truck or storage container restaurant? Check us out at or call 800-587-1784.