SG Blocks Installs Container-Based Taco Bell in California

by Katie Lee

Brooklyn, N.Y. — SG Blocks, a premier designer, innovator and fabricator of container-based structures, has installed a container-based Taco Bell, located in South Gate, Calif.

The five-module, 1,080-square-foot restaurant was previously a pop-up Taco Bell at the 2016 South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas. Alvarado Restaurant Group, part of Alvarado Companies, is the franchise owner for the Taco Bell in South Gate.

“We repurposed a pop-up Taco Bell that was originally made from recycled materials, creating one of the greenest fast-food restaurants in the country,” says Paul Galvin, chairman and CEO of SG Blocks. “Container-based, modular building is changing residential and commercial real estate. We are minimizing waste, speeding up construction and repurposing durable, seaworthy materials in order to create sustainable buildings.”

SG Blocks partnered with Alvarado Construction Inc. to install the Taco Bell at its new, permanent location in only 1 week. The companies are completing all final utility work, paving and landscaping.

Taco Bell 2 blocks“We love the idea of building a store out of a container,” says Jeff Geller, executive vice president, Alvarado Companies. “Taco Bell has a mission to be as green as possible and as a franchisee, we want to follow in its path. Given that this restaurant was already at SXSW, we thought it would be a great opportunity to repurpose it for our smaller site and open a new Taco Bell.”

Alvarado Companies currently owns 110 other Taco Bells in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Wisconsin and California.

The Taco Bell will be open at its permanent home in South Gate by the end of 2016.

SG Blocks, Inc. advances and promotes the use of code-engineered cargo shipping containers for safe and sustainable construction. It has four product lines: retail, commercial, military and residential. For more information, visit


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