BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Developer Rocco Termini wants to open a new trendy hot dog restaurant this summer on Genesee Street made from huge metal shipping containers. News 4 told you Monday the name of the restaurant would create buzz, and Tuesday the name of the restaurant was released, Dog é Style.
Termini will submit a formal proposal to the Buffalo Planning Board Tuesday and expects it to be approved.
“There are thousands of shipping containers that are not being used because it costs more to ship them back to China than what they’re worth,” he explained.
Termini owns the empty lot, which has been vacant for 25 years. The lot is in between the Harbor House for the Homeless and a furniture store.
He says construction should take 90 days, and timing is everything. The new restaurant should be open before Catholic Health opens their new $46 million corporate headquarters, which is about a block away.
Termini wants to attract more 20, 30 and 40-year-olds to downtown Buffalo. He plans on having unique food choices, like a lobster dog with beer and wine.
“It will have a garage door that opens to the outside so it will all be exposed int he summertime,” Termini said.
Recycling shipping containers for other uses like restaurants, homes and offices is becoming more popular around the country and world. Ron Cope owns Room for Rent in Tonawanda and knows a lot about re-using shipping containers.
He isn’t working with Termini, but he is part of the National Portable Storage Association and says more companies and individuals are re-using the long lasting, durable containers. A Starbucks in Chicago is made from shipping containers, and a couple in Brooklyn made them into their home.
“There are also companies in California building housing out of them. They will stack them, build staircases going up to the second floor, put them side-by-side and put door passages between them,” he said. “There’s nothing more green than using something that nobody else has a use for.”