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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.

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.

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.”

Source:  Charles V. Bagli for the New York Times

Cite:Karen Cilento. "Ground Zero's Newest Restaurant " 19 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>