Food Service Category Archive

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 […]

Three Ways Shipping Containers Add Value to Commercial Real Estate

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If you’ve seen our work with Sparkman Wharf, you’ve already seen the incredible impact that shipping containers can have on a real estate developer’s portfolio. Not only are these structures delivered faster than traditional construction methods and built to be mobile, but they also help you add and build value in your portfolio. We propose […]

Sparkman Warf Tampa Container Restaurants: Sneak Peek

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Sparkman Warf, a creative mixed-use redevelopment near Water Street Tampa, was born from the former Channelside Bay Plaza retail center, located along the Garrison Channel in downtown Tampa. SPP, along with Groundswell Studios saw the potential in the space to become Tampa’s waterfront destination for work, outdoor recreation, and dining.   Among the other upgrades […]

What Should Developers Know About Vitality in Urban Design?

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When we think about the precipice of community gathering, we conjure up images of ancient agoras and mid-century bazaars. These iconic city-centers are where people gathered before chatrooms, where they shopped before e-commerce, and where they told stories before social media. These were the center of life. And ever since these community cornerstones crumbled away […]

Food Brands Need Experiential Sampling. Here’s Why:

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This post was originally published on 12/13/2016. Due to its popularity, it was updated with new information on 6/20/2018. Food brands all face the same challenge. Without sampling, it’s nearly impossible to convince someone to become a reoccurring customer. When asked by Sampling Advisors, “What would induce you to try a new product or brand?”, […]

Here’s the Low-Down on Ghost Restaurants

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If you’re drawn to the idea of food truck or shipping container restaurants, we’ve landed on a new trend that’s sure to get your entrepreneurial brain buzzing. Ghost restaurants are an interesting phenomenon born from the digital age and a growing demand for a variety of quality food, delivered straight to customers. If you’re asking […]

How are Modified Shipping Containers Priced?

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This post was originally published on 8/24/2014. Due to its popularity, it was updated with new information on 3/14/2018. If you’ve found this blog, chances are you’re researching the process for buying a modified shipping container. This isn’t the first article you’ve read about shipping container architecture (or maybe it is), so you probably already […]

Great Shipping Container Restaurants Start with Great Mobile Kitchen Design

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This post was originally published 1/19/2015. Due to its popularity, it was updated with new information on 2/7/2018.   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 […]

3 Ways Breweries Benefit from a Mobile Bar

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A bar is so much more than a place to sip on your favorite frosty beverage. Breweries are a community gathering space, a therapist’s office, a celebration venue, and so much more. But running a craft beer business isn’t easy. The uncertainty of market conditions, brand identity, and the challenges of spreading the word about […]

5 Charlotte Businesses Creating A Remarkable Experience  

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It’s corny, but we get really excited about space.   There’s something so compelling about walking into a quaint little store and being immersed in the emotional and artistic value of the company right as you enter.   We want to know what about these businesses makes them thrive the way they do, so we came up with a list of Charlotte businesses who excel […]