Shipping Container Restaurants

Have you always dreamed of opening a unique dining spot where people from around your community can gather to enjoy your high-quality food and drinks? Unfortunately, a brick-and-mortar storefront is out of the budget and simply too complex for many aspiring restaurant owners. 

At ModBetter, our fully custom shipping container restaurants allow you to design the restaurant of your dreams in a flexible, cost-effective, eco-friendly way. From ready-to-use templates to bespoke consulting for custom projects, we’re here to bring your vision to life.

Build the Restaurant of Your Dreams
with Shipping Containers

Shipping containers are blank canvases. The durable, flexible structure allows us to create anything you can envision, from a bespoke coffee shop to a fiery buffalo wing joint. We build out the custom 40-foot shipping container restaurants with everything you need to get started, like roll-up doors, windows, lighting, electrical, HVAC, and interior finishes.

You won’t receive an empty shell. You can tell us your restaurant’s vision, and we’ll bring it to life, complete with flooring, sinks, prep spaces, countertops, outlets for your appliances, AC for hot days, service counters, and much more. Our modification experts create long-lasting secure solutions that you can easily transport between locations, or build onto if your business expands.

We offer both pre-designed restaurant templates and custom modular restaurant solutions. A few ideas of businesses you can create with our shipping container solutions include the following:

Local Cafes


Pop-Up Beer Gardens

Food "trucks"

Portable or permanent Coffee SHOPS

Drive-Through Cafes

Temporary Restaurants to test location options

How Our Design and Build Process Works

Buying or renting a shipping container office doesn’t need to be overwhelming. By working with our team of highly trained professionals, you can get through the process as smoothly as possible. All it takes is three simple steps.

Initial Quote and consultation

When you decide a shipping container restaurant is right for you, reach out to our team to request a free quote. We offer a comprehensive form, so we can begin gathering a few critical details about your project. After submitting the form with your project details, we’ll schedule a consultation to discuss further.

During the consultation, we can talk about your restaurant design vision, budget, and needs in depth. For example, if you plan on expanding soon, we can create modular plans with additional containers in mind.


After the consultation, we’ll create a custom design for your project, including an accurate estimate for all build costs, materials, and scheduling timeframes. You can let us know any adjustments you wish to make, and we’ll nail them down until it’s perfect.

Your confidence is our top priority. With ModBetter, you won’t have to worry about surprise hidden fees, delayed scheduling, or final results that don’t match your design.

Implement and deliver

Once we finalize the design, our team will get to work building it out. We only use the highest quality building materials designed for durability and longevity. Our expert team has years of experience in the construction industry, so we know how to build things correctly the first time.

After completing construction and delivery, we’ll conduct a final walkthrough to teach you how to use and maintain everything. If you’re not 100% satisfied with any detail, our team will happily fix it for you.

Advantages of Shipping Container Restaurants

Why create the business of your dreams with a shipping container rather than a storefront? Shipping container restaurants offer numerous advantages over traditional brick-and-mortar businesses. Whether you’re on a tight budget or wish to travel the country while serving up tasty beers and soft pretzels, a shipping container may be the solution for you.

The top advantages of choosing a shipping container restaurant include the following:

Expansion Opportunities

Our shipping container restaurants come in standard sizes and designs, so you can easily grow into a modular design with multiple containers connected together as your business expands.


The off-site build and minimal material requirements make shipping container restaurants one of the most cost-effective ways to start your business.


The outer shell uses durable corrugated steel, built to last as long as 70 years. With a shipping container restaurant, you can avoid the unwanted costs of roof replacements and siding repairs that you may get with a traditional brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Build Time

The simple design allows for expedited construction times so you can begin collecting profits as soon as possible. Skip waiting through years of construction by opting for the easy choice.

Weather Resistance

The metal exterior of shipping containers makes them highly resistant to extreme winds, hail, rain, snow, and more. Other businesses suffer downtime and repair expenses after a storm, but your restaurant can stand strong.

Pest Resistance

Pests are an unwanted reality in the restaurant industry, especially in older buildings with materials like wood that are susceptible to rot. The corrugated steel on your shipping container can keep pests out, protecting you from failed health inspections and sudden business expenses.

Minimal Downtime

If you’re opening your shipping container restaurant in place of another business, we can build it in other locations, like our warehouse or your parking lot, so you don’t have to worry about construction downtimes.


The shipping container’s industrial aesthetic is versatile and popular. From a rustic barn appearance to a vintage shop or modern building, we can design it to match any style.


If you decide to move your business to a new location, you won’t have to start from scratch. Shipping container restaurants can move wherever you go.

Frequently Asked Questions

Shipping container restaurant costs vary depending on your customization needs and how much you wish to build out the unit. We offer pre-designed templates and the option to fully customize designs. Your price will depend on the intricacy of the design, electric and HVAC needs, and more.

You can request a quote for your project by clicking the free quote button above or calling us at (516) 200-6347.

You can set up your shipping container restaurant at festivals, dog parks, beaches, marinas, parking lots, and more, as long as you follow all permitting and local requirements. You may also set the container restaurant up on your own property as a permanent structure.

Shipping container restaurants can withstand many extreme climates and weather patterns, so you can create your restaurant practically anywhere. Let our team know where you plan on keeping the container so we can use the best materials for that climate. For example, restaurants in Phoenix, AZ, may require a specific type of window with UV protection against the heat.

Yes, we build our containers with electricity, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, insulation, and interior finishes, like flooring and drywall. You won’t need to worry about getting hot in the kitchen, as we include features that will make the end result as comfortable as any other building. Simply tell us your vision, and we’ll create it.

You can easily expand your shipping container restaurant by adding more containers. The modular design and uniform shape make it simple to connect multiple together. Over time, you can vertically stack or horizontally connect containers to expand your restaurant.

Specifications and Floor Plans

Build the Business of
Your Dreams Today

If you’ve always dreamed of owning an eatery but want a more flexible and cost-effective solution, shipping container restaurants are for you. Request a quote for your shipping container restaurant by calling ModBetter in Floral Park, NY, at (516) 200-6347 or filling out our online form.

Plan a Project with
the container experts


86 South Tyson Ave , Suite 2A
Floral Park, New York 11001

Tell us about your project needs.