MDN: 2 Midtown Restaurants Seek to Incorporate Shipping Containers
The Broad Avenue Arts District has long been innovative when it comes to the creative reuse of formerly blighted properties, and its newest addition seeks to continue this trend.
The owners of City & State on Broad Avenue filed paperwork with the city of Memphis requesting approval to convert an abandoned liquor store into a diner – fittingly named The Liquor Store – that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner
The new restaurant, located at 2655 Broad, will partner with the UrbanArt Commission to include a public art installation on the east-facing side of the container, in an effort to connect the property to similar efforts in the neighborhood, according to the application.
“Given the history of Binghampton as a township which grew up around a boxcar factory, we believe these structures pay homage to that history while also investing in its future,” the application went on to say.
Further down the tracks, Railgarten, a new Ping-Pong bar located at 2158 Central Ave. in Midtown, also applied to the Board of Adjustment to incorporate converted containers into its design.
While the inspiration comes from the same place, Railgarten plans to modify its containers to be used as outside seating.
“Strategically placed next to the active railroad, the proposed uses will be complementary to the existing uses and in the campus-like atmosphere,” land planner Brenda Solomito Basar said in the application.
Architect Peter Warren said Memphis’ role as an intermodal transportation hub and the importance of shipping to the local economy and civic identity as context for the plans.
“There are shipping containers appearing in unconventional uses throughout our city, and put simply, they are loved by our citizens,” Warren said. “It is particularly fitting that the humble shipping container be celebrated and used in new and interesting ways here in Memphis.”
He cited the “I Love Memphis” container outside of Memphis Made Brewing Co., the bridge container at Wiseacre Brewing Co. and a container with integrated seating area over Florida Street.