First Container Based Taco Bell Opens

First container-based Taco Bell restaurant opens at South Gate

The world’s first Taco Bell restaurant constructed out of recycled shipping containers has opened at South Gate.

The five-module, 1,080-square-foot restaurant was previously a pop-up Taco Bell at the 2015 South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in Austin.

The store, at 13601 Garfield Ave., was developed by SG Blocks, a Brooklyn, New York-based designer and fabricator of container-based structures. SG Blocks partnered with Alvarado Construction Inc. to install the Taco Bell at its new, permanent location.

Alvarado Restaurant Group, part of Alvarado Cos., is the franchise owner for the Taco Bell.

SG Blocks, which uses code-engineered cargo shipping containers for its structures, said the Taco Bell in South Gate is among several container-based projects it is constructing across the country.

The company also is building a six-unit container-based office building for the U.S. Navy. The six modules will be used to create a two-story, 2,000-square-foot structure.

SG Blocks also has executed a design agreement for a recycling center in California.

“We continue to see projects of a diverse nature both in asset class and geography,” Paul Galvin, chairman and CEO of SG Blocks. said in a statement.

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands Inc.(NYSE: YUM)

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