Have You Seen These Shipping Container Bars?
About a year ago a new advertiser came on the Rat airwaves, Crist Containers. At first, I thought they were like waste removal, or dumpster company. But no. They are a shipping container company, like the big metal containers you’ve seen your whole life connected to one another zipping by on train tracks, filled with who knows what, coming from and going to who knows where. However, this company and others like it don’t use these shipping containers for their original purpose, no, far from it, as it turns out!
(Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Repurposed shipping containers are a hot new thing in the building world. Last year a Farm Stores convenience store opened on Route 37 in Toms River. The small drive-up establishment is made like all of their stores, with a shipping container! So first I hear the Crist Container commercials, then I see the Farm Store, and next, I hear that restaurants are making outdoor freaking tiki and beach bars out of these things! I had to investigate!
Just by chance, I had an appearance with the radio station this past Saturday at the legendary Jacks Goal Line Stand bar and grill in Long Branch. Since inside the restaurant was slammed, they asked if wouldn’t mind setting up our table and speakers at their new outdoor sand bar area behind the building. Outside on a beautiful Saturday evening? Sure thing! Well, the second I got out there I couldn’t believe my eyes! There was. Jacks has an awesome new outdoor area with picnic tables, high tops, umbrellas, cornhole, a small area for live music, and in the middle of it all? You guessed it! A shipping container bar! Man was it cool too! big windows that fold up, plenty of room for the bartenders, big screens, lots of stools, and more.
I snapped some photos, but honestly, they don’t do it justice, you should check it out for yourself! I’ve heard there is also one at Woody’s in Farmingdale, and I wouldn’t be surprised if many more are installed by next summer at bars and restaurants all over the Jersey Shore. They look great and if you have the room they make a perfect outdoor addition to any establishment. I’ve also heard people are making homes out of these containers! That got me thinking, I wonder how many folks that live in Monmouth and Ocean counties have the financial means and a big enough backyard to install their own container bar or just live in a couple? I haven’t met anyone yet, but ya never know!
Here are some of the photos I snapped of Jacks container bar.