Food Service Category Archive

Charleys Philly Cheese Steaks

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Challenge  With nearly 600 locations across 46 states and 17 countries, Charleys Philly Steaks is one of the largest Philly Cheesesteak concepts in the country. Since their first space opened in 1986 near Ohio State University, they’ve rapidly expanded and can be found in university food courts, retail shopping centers and airports worldwide. While successful […]

This Krispy Kreme Store is a Masterclass in Experiential Design: Here are 7 Important Lessons.

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The Krispy Kreme just off Concord Mills Boulevard in Concord, NC has all the trappings of the doughnut shop we know and love. Their signature forest green, red neon fixtures, and iconic Krispy Kreme signage have all made an appearance.  But this isn’t the Krispy Kreme of old. Their first redesign in over a decade […]

How Much Do Shipping Container Restaurants Cost?

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Good question! The short answer is, “It depends.”   There is a wide range of solutions that can fall under the shipping container restaurant category, all with different requirements and corresponding prices. As with any restaurant build-out, it will be very important to work with a designer to determine the best solution for your business […]

This traveling restaurant will make you want to pack your bag and cook out of a shipping container.

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The idea of a traveling restaurant is cool. Before starting Boxman Studios, our own CEO even ideated around a seasonal oyster bar that would move between Charleston and the Florida Keys. But starting a new business is scary, especially when it’s around a totally new idea, in an industry where your location and brand awareness […]

Three Ways to Turn Your Vacant Parking Lot into a Cash Cow

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Parking lots are a problem for retail developers, anchor tenants, and parking management companies. The overarching challenge is ultimately, there are too many parking spots and many of them are rarely (if ever) used. In urban centers and downtown areas parking can consume up to 14% of incorporated land. The reason for this is twofold. […]

Great Shipping Container Restaurants Start with Mobile Kitchen Design

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How do you design a kitchen in a big steel box? The same way you design any building or interior: with your goals and objectives top of mind. What do you need it to do for you? What do you want to accomplish? Admittedly, mobile kitchen design is more challenging when you have 320 square […]

How Coopers Ferry Engineers Inclusive Prosperity in Camden

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About Coopers Ferry Partnership  Coopers Ferry Partnership (CFP) is a leading organization focused on redeveloping the Camden, NJ waterfront and revitalizing the city’s downtown area. For over 30 years, CFP has been facilitating the revival of the City of Camden by creating environments where people want to live, work, visit, study, and invest.  The group supports Camden in its pursuit of an established economic base. Most importantly, they help Camden develop the city’s […]

The 9 Hottest Shipping Container Business Ideas for 2019

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Mobile Restaurant Shipping containers give restaurants something they never had before, a building they can move. Typically, when someone wants to start a new restaurant or change locations, the owner would need to find a new location to either lease or buy the new space. Then, they invest thousands in renovating the space and customizing […]

How Mixed-Use Developers Save Money on Container Parks

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They use similar designs for different tenants. A common mistake in the construction process is that design requirements aren’t considered independently, but rather as one piece of the entire build. When we talk about costs, we break them down into fixed costs and variable costs. Fixed costs are the costs you pay regardless of how […]

The Basics: Franchising a Restaurant

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What is (and isn’t) a Franchise Franchising is not restricted to restaurants, although that’s probably the most common use of the word, and the subject of our blog post today. Franchising is a contractual relationship that allows restaurant chains to grow their business and distribute goods through a licensing relationship. The franchisor specifies products and […]