Wahaca – The Pop-Up Restaurant
Wahaca, which serves tapas and other small Mexican-influenced plates in London, is the latest display of shipping containers versatility in its afterlife. (Yes, even after two months, I’m still hooked on shipping containers.) This pop-up restaurant utilizes eight shipping containers to create a two-level restaurant right along the Thames river. The bright colors also help attract attention. Not only is the outside of the restaurant recycled, but materials used inside the restaurant consist of upcycled or new furniture design.
The restaurant itself creates various seating opportunities allowing groups to mingle or have more intimate settings. This is sure to be a hit with trend setter Generation-Ys (or millennials), who are looking for unique places to gather and socialize with friends. Some walls display authentic Mexican artwork, supporting artists thousands of miles away. Wahaca can accommodate up to 150 guests and will be in London for 18 months before traveling to another location.
Pop-up restaurants have been popular in the U.S. in the form of food trucks, but restaurants like Wahaca show the evolution of the idea. Though not as movable, the idea of urgency still plays a key role. For those in London, get the tapas while you can.
Pictures and information courtesy of Inhabitat.