Check out this food hall made of used shipping containers

Posted at 3:53 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 15:53:24-04

Detroit’s food and entertainment scene is about to get a little more interesting.

The Detroit Shipping Co. is a container food hall, and it’s coming to Cass Corridor.

The 11,000-square foot hall will be on Peterboro Street, near restaurants The Peterboro and 8 Degrees Plato Detroit.

The shipping container food hall will feature five upscale street-food vendors: Brujo Tacos and Tapas; COOP; Monty’s Been Company, Detroit Dog Co. and Bangkok96.

In addition, the mixed-use space will contain two bars, including a beer garden, gallery space for local artists, startup retail space and a live music stage. 

Lead Architect Dominic Walbridge said the venue will have indoor and outdoor space and is meant to feel like you’re walking around on a free form neighborhood block.

Walbridge was brought on by co-funders Jonathan Hartzell and James Therkalsen. Both men grew up in metro Detroit and have been life-long friends.

Hartzell and Therkalsen said the project will cost more than $2 million -- money they’ve put in themselves, raised and borrowed. The project has been a few years in the making, but after clearing some hurdles and red tape, build-out is expected to start soon, with a projected October 2017 opening.

Walbridge said 21 repurposed shipping containers will be used for the more than 20-foot, two-story structure. This is the first time the trio has ventured into building structures with shipping containers and said they quickly learned it was more complicated and costly than originally thought.

“There is a lot of fabrication and steel work to support the roof and second deck,” said Walbridge.

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