Ground Zero’s Newest Restaurant


As workers labor over the newest development at Ground Zero,  moving, bolting and welding the 46,074 tons of steel can be tiresome and, well, make a person hungry.  With an allotted 30-minute lunch break, workers wait anxiously for the hoist that descends dozens of stories, making their 30 minutes often times extend to 60.  The solution – bring the lunch to the workers. The new sandwich shop, built by DCM Erectors (the same company that is putting up the steel girders and beams), is a movable pod made of stacked cargo containers which sit on either side of two tower cranes.

More images and more about the new restaurant after the break.

Fred R. Conrad/The Times

Despite the fact that this pod seems to be precariously balanced far above the ground, the shop is no different from any other Subway.  The pod contains a kitchen, a walk-in freezer, a service counter and refrigerators for drinks.  Offering the standard Subway sampling of sandwiches, it will be sure to continually attract ironworkers, concrete workers, electricians and others working on the different levels of the skyscraper.

Port Authority

Although the Subway currently rests on the 27th floor, as the building rises, so to will its source of lunch.  “As the building goes up, the views will be pretty nice,” stated Mr. Schragger, an accountant turned restaurant franchise owner, “I’m sure it will be one of the most talked-about sites to come have lunch.”

Port Authority

Source:  Charles V. Bagli for the New York Times

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Ground Zero’s Newest Restaurant" 19 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • SB

    They should have at least two different choices of restaurants :)!

  • St Barth

    A subway that travels up & down, brilliant!

  • Arthur Francisco

    Oh, they should worry about nourishment…

  • MRPW

    PSCH subway…: Brunelleschi was doing this 100s of years ago with the duomo.

    • ygogolak

      They had a Subway in the Duomo? Sweet

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  • MRPW

    hahahaha nice. no he brought the food and wine up to them !!!

    • ygogolak

      They had the wine on them in a pouch. Drank it all day.

      • MRPW

        haha yeah! you know!
        the wine was cleaner then the water so they drank wine..
        but they had to dilute it so they didnt fall haha oh man.

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  • watanabe

    this site (wtc -> ground zero -> big hole for 10+ years) just keeps getting more and more symptomatic of larger disease in the country.

    could be either comedic or tragic, for me, the former.