13 shipping containers are reborn as a new restaurant on Treasure Island

August 20, 2018 by  
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On the heart of San Francisco’s man-made Treasure Island, a chic restaurant has popped up inside a series of recycled shipping containers. In a nod to the city’s history as a major port, local design firm Mavrik Studio crafted the new eatery — named Mersea after an Old English word meaning “island oasis” — out of 13 shipping containers and a variety of other materials found on the island, such as reclaimed wood. The decision to use cargotecture was also a practical one given the uncertainty of development on Treasure Island; the restaurant can be disassembled and moved when needed. A total of 13  shipping containers have been repurposed to create Mersea’s indoor bar and dining space that seats 60 people, an MRDK military-grade kitchen, bathrooms and a private dining area. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the restaurant with natural light and frame stunning views of the city skyline on clear days. Mersea also includes a golf putting green and bocce court. Environmental sustainability and recycling are key parts of the restaurant design. In addition to the repurposed shipping containers, the design team upcycled pallets and used reclaimed wood furniture pieces to create new seating. The herb garden is also made from recycled pallets. In homage to the old Treasure Island Bowling Alley, artist and carpenter Joe Wrye and executive chef Parke Ulrich constructed two communal tables from the former maple bowling alley lanes. Related: German company converts old shipping containers into gorgeous living spaces Continuing the theme of recycling , the restaurant also teamed up with famous New York-based street artist Tom Bob, who furnished Mersea with unique and cartoonish artworks made from common and oft-overlooked street infrastructure elements like pipes, poles, metal grates and gas meters. The industrial installations — such as the jailbird constructed from pipes in reference to Alcatraz Island, which can be seen from the restaurant — complement Mersea’s light-filled, industrial setting. + Mersea Images by Sarah Chorey

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Trend to Watch: How Restaurants Are Fighting Food Waste

November 22, 2013 by  
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Back-alley dumpsters filled with rotting food make the restaurant industry one of the most recognizable areas of food waste — how are they working to change this?

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CNN’s Hero of the Year Keeps Rivers Waste-Free

November 21, 2013 by  
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The 2013 CNN Hero of the Year winner and runner-up use their eco-focused passions to clean up the environment and bring energy-efficient power to developing countries.

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Stump your waiter, waitress or butcher with the iPhone sustainable seafood app

December 20, 2009 by  
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Courtesy: Monterey Bay Aquarium . The Monterey Bay Aquarium has been putting out little sustainable seafood pocket guides for a decade. You slip them in your wallet or purse, and they help you make good choices when selecting fish at the supermarket or on the restaurant menu

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