Shipping Container-Made Food Garden To Open Second Location In San Diego's North County

April 10, 2021

Moving into downtown Oceanside is a second location of an outdoor food hub and cocktail garden constructed out of shipping containers by industry veteran James Markham, the founder of national chains like MOD Pizza, Pieology, and Project Pie.

During his illustrious career, Carlsbad native James Markham has opened more restaurants than some people ever dine at during a lifetime. Markham is the founder of such nationally recognized restaurants as MOD Pizza & Pieology, among others. He also spearheaded the opening of The Windmill Food Hall, which opened in summer 2019 within Carlsbad’s historic 12,000 square-foot Windmill Building. Markham also founded The Village Yard micro-food garden at 430 Carlsbad Village Drive in Carlsbad, which houses the flagship Crackheads breakfast eatery and was once named as one of 10 coolest recycled shipping container structures by The Travel Channel.

The second location of Crackheads will soon be built in the lot located at 502-510 South Coast Highway in San Diego's north county city of Oceanside CA. Like the original branch in Carlsbad, the dog-friendly outdoor space will house a full bar and an offshoot of Crackheads within at least two converted shipping containers. Expect a menu of jacked up breakfast sandwiches, made-to-order scrambles, and coffee drinks. There will be picnic tables and yard games as well as frequent live entertainment. Other food concepts will be added as the opening nears. 

"I'm no longer interested in opening the next Chipotle," explained Markham. "Now, I just want to open cool concepts that make people happy while being close to home."

Crackheads is expected to open in Oceanside by year's end. For more information, visit