What We Did
A 20,000-square-foot, al-fresco, neighborhood dining experience located at 12900 Euclid Street, this is the first of its kind in Orange County
Twenty-four repurposed cargo containers are positioned around communal eating areas on a 1.8-acre lot along with a children’s play area, co-working space, upper-level patio, retro video-game arcade, pop-up retail and an organic garden.
The containers house eleven curated vendors: craft food, coffee and beer brewers, dessert, retail and a winery. The upstairs creative office space is 320 square feet with an adjacent second-story dining patio that can be leased out for private events.
Every detail is beautifully executed, including multiple cantilevered containers and a second-story balcony, as well as a video arcade offering games from the golden era of gaming.
In the chef’s garden, passion fruit vines, citrus and herb ground cover are cultivated for restaurant use. The passion fruit is harvested by Honey & Butter restaurant as an ingredient for its macarons. Planned for the center of the garden is a raised area with a communal table set among herbs, spices, flowers and seasonal vegetables. The re-purposed containers are cost-effective; they can be assembled quickly; they are well-suited for local, independent vendors; and they efficiently transform underused parcels into thriving destinations.
Built in 2019, Steelcraft provided relief during the pandemic for people to go out to eat and stay social and local. Over the past few years, it has become a space for all to gather, a meeting point centered around food and beverage bring to bring diverse communities together. Beer hall bench seating is intended to inspire social situations. The food choices are diverse at accessible price points.
AIA OC Citation Award
ASLA Merit Award
APA California Planning Awards – Urban Design Merit Award
APA Orange County – Award of Excellence
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