Harbourfront, CAN: Common Goods, A New Food Court Housed in Shipping Crates at Harbourfront

(Image: Lee McVittie)

By Mishki Vaccaro  |  Toronto Life

(Image: Lee McVittie)
(Image: Lee McVittie)

Name: Common Goods (Blue Goose, Lobster Roll and Sully’s Honest Dogs)
Neighbourhood: Harbourfront
Contact Info: 235 Queen Quay West
Owners: All three restaurants are co-owned by Blue Goose Company, Jim Bailey and Michael Sullivan (Victor)
Chef: David Chrystian (Victor), for all three restaurants

The Place: Common Goods is a cluster of reclaimed shipping containers housing three separate restaurants: Blue Goose, Lobster Roll and Sully’s Honest Dogs. Tucked beside the Power Plant Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre, the crates are designed by Montreal firm Muvbox and painted with cartoon cows and lobsters. Each fully equipped crate kitchen is solar-powered.

The Food: Organic street food including burgers, tacos and lettuce wraps from Blue Goose; clam chowder and lobster rolls from Lobster Roll; and gourmet hot dogs from Sully’s Honest Dogs.

The Drinks: Gingerale from Fresh Ginger and root beer from Henry Weinhard IPA.

The Numbers:
• 12 weeks to take the project from concept to completion
• 4 months the crates will remain open each year (from June through September)
• 3 eight-by-ten-foot custom shipping crates housing Blue Goose, Sully’s Honest Dogs and Lobster Roll
• 2–3 cooks in each mini-kitchen