Detroit's first, and much-anticipated shipping container food hall has changed names. Detroit ShipYard is now Detroit Shipping Company. In a statement on the company's Facebook page the owners explain that a legal dispute with Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, Maine, forced the switch. The company writes:
We will be changing our name from Detroit Shipyard to Detroit Shipping Co.
After receiving word that Shipyard Brewing Company would pursue legal action if we did not change our name, we were forced to do so. While we assured them that we will not be brewing beer and there has been no confusion, as a start-up small business, we couldn't risk a legal battle - one our lawyer had advised we weren't guaranteed to win.
The good news is that we feel our new name is actually more representative of who we are. Detroit Shipping Company. Since we're not just a one man operation, "Company" represents our business, plus the five restaurants, any of the pop-up retail operators, and artists, and musicians who will be in our space. Each entrepreneur or artist will be "shipping" their talents and products from under our roof.
It was a bit of a kick in the nuts, but we're moving on.
Located on Peterboro Street near The Peterboro and 8 Degrees Plato Detroit, Detroit Shipping Company will house five small-scale, independent restaurants, two bars, and communal seating with additional space for other vendors, a pop-up gallery, and a live performance venue. Word is that two restaurants have already claimed space in the modified shipping container development. Detroit Shipping Company is expected to open this summer. Eater has reached out for further updates. Stay tuned.