Our friends at Austin civil engineering firm Big Red Dog just sent us fresh new renderings of the planned Container Bar in Downtown Austin’s Rainey Street neighborhood. The site is currently being used by Cazamance African-fusion patio/restaurant on the corner of Rainey and Davis Streets. It will be interesting to watch the this project come alive, as I’m not aware of anything else like it in Central Texas.
This is also an interesting case-study of land leases. The proprietor, Bridget Dunlap, is leasing the dirt. Putting expensive improvements on the land was likely not a viable option. In addition to creating a unique design, I suspect the utilization of shipping containers is motivated by cheaper construction costs. Are there any contractors out there that can confirm or deny that theory?