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The process of converting a container into a catering business
If you’re setting up a catering business and looking to get started right away, rest assured you’re in capable hands with Excel Trailers. Converting an old shipping container is a fantastic idea if you’re wanting to trade from one place, or only need to move infrequently, as they are semi-mobile and don’t have an engine or wheels like mobile catering trailers and vans do.
Containers are extremely versatile and there are countless ways you can make your catering business stand out from your competitors. Why not let us help you to transform an old container into a super-stylish kitchen?
5 simple steps for container conversions:
Find a container
If you have one already, you can supply your own, otherwise, we can provide you with a standard-sized container to suit your catering needs. Our containers are 6m long and 2.4m wide.
The layout of the container will have a huge impact on your catering business and getting the design right will enable you to prepare food and drink with minimal effort. Converting your container now will effectively save you money in the long run as you needn’t worry about having to make alterations once you’re up and running.
Our containers can be converted to any given size, so if you need a more permanent structure, you needn’t worry about finding the perfect solution, here at Excel Trailers. If you need something bigger than our standard containers, we can join them together to achieve greater widths and lengths.
Cut windows and doors
A container doesn’t come with a serving window. You’ll need to decide where the window will go, so customers can order their food and wait for it. As well as windows, you’ll need to decide where employees will enter the container and cut out a suitable space.
If you’re creating a restaurant, why not cut windows into the container to provide a more airy feel? This will help to keep your kitchen well-ventilated too.
Outline where you plan to cut the container with a thick marker pen and carefully use an angle grinder to complete the cut when you’re ready. Always start at the bottom and sides before working your way upwards.
Design the kitchen
Now you have the solid foundations for your catering business, you need to think about the layout of the container, make a list of the products you’ll sell and the catering equipment you’ll need. Something else to be mindful of is how many staff you will employ. There needs to be sufficient space for them to work comfortably and hand-washing facilities to ensure hygienic practice.
You need to make sure that catering equipment is installed properly to ensure health and safety code regulations are met. Your local council will also arrange to inspect your container to make sure that equipment is used correctly and that food is cooked professionally – complying with food hygiene standards.
Need to know more about container conversions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Excel Trailers team on 01279 422 227 or email [email protected]. We will happily share our expertise and answer your questions.