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Mark Your Calendar: Detroit’s Shipping Container Food Hall Opens In July

July 04, 2018 | Detroit Food

After facing numerous challenges, Detroit Shipping Company, the premiere food hall in the city, will celebrate its grand opening on July 13. The group of food and drink experts hopes to draw in residents of nice apartments in Detroit along with visitors to the Motor City.

Located in Cass Corridor, the unique building was constructed from 21 shipping containers. Six diverse and independently owned and operated restaurants and cafes occupy the space, along with a T-shirt print shop. All the owner/operators plan to put down roots, each committing to three-year leases. For visitors who want to simply have a couple drinks after work or play, Detroit Shipping Company will manage two bars at the site.

Good Eats

Realizing the diverse tastes of Detroit residents and tourists, the Detroit Shipping Company lessees each offer unique culinary choices to satisfy all palates.

Bangkok 96 Street Food: Every city can use one more Thai restaurant and Detroit is no exception. Chef Genevieve Vang has had such great success with Bangkok 96 in Dearborn, he’s now building on that victory by serving the best of Thai street food at the Detroit Shipping Company.

Bread Meats Bread: The Windsor, Ontario location of this winning sandwich and salad shop inspired the owners to bring their unique creations and fresh-made bread to Detroit. From juicy burgers to veggie and vegan selections and poutine, there are treats for everyone to eat in or take out.

Brujo Tacos & Tapas: Chef Petro Drakopoulos of Republica in Berkley is bringing his pioneering globally inspired tacos and innovative tapas to Detroit. While the chef promises a commitment to local farmers and food purveyors, he’ll also demonstrate handmade tortillas paired with upscale canned seafood fillings could be the next hot food trend.

Coop: Variety may be the spice of life but at Coop, the star is the spicy, marinated Asian-Caribbean chicken created by River Bistrochef Max Hardy. From apps to main courses, the unique flavor combinations are mouth-watering and addictive.

MotorBurger: Another Windsor success story, MotorBurger will fill the important need for burgers at Detroit Shipping Company. From classics like bacon-cheese burgers to an impressive list of internationally inspired burgers and unique poutine dishes to die for, expect great things from this burger-meister.

320 Coffee & Creamery: The aroma from a wide assortment of Direct Trade coffee brewing all day will entice you to this shop to meet your caffeine quota. Don’t leave before trying the rich and creamy ice cream created before your eyes with the magic of fast-freezing nitrogen.

How It Came Together

The men behind the culinary brainchild, partners Jonathan Hartzell, James Therkalsen and architect Dominic Walbridge began the journey over three years ago. It was initially planned to be built in Corktown with a different name but ended up at its current location with a new moniker. Never dissuaded by obstacles, the trio already has other major projects in the works for Detroit, including an upscale dine-in movie theater named Alamo Drafthouse. They hope to attract a diverse clientele, including people looking for luxury apartment buildings like the Lofts of Merchant Row.

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