Dylan Connell spent years converting shipping containers into businesses for others and now it’s his turn.
The Brekkie Box has been operating from a modified shipping container in Wodonga’s High St - next to Dutch Media - since March 30.
The business was going through planning approval when the coronavirus pandemic emerged, but Mr Connell pursued his dream.
“The nature of our business is takeaway, and this was my dream and we are committed … we took a leap of faith,” he said.
The response from the community has been nothing short of positive despite the difficult time to open a business.
“A big topic is the timing, being that it’s a challenging and unknown time, but everyone has been positive and supportive because we are giving it a go,” Mr Connell said.
Mr Connell is even finding some positives about opening in such an uncertain time.
“Car parking in this area can be tight but now there’s lots of parks for our customers right out the front,” he said.
“I’ve got a great team making sure the coffee is on point and the food is amazing, which has contributed to a growing number of regular customers.”
Mr Connell was born and bred in Wodonga but moved away to join the Airforce before spending five years in the mining industry in Newcastle.
He moved back here three years ago and started using his engineering training to custom-build shipping containers.
The Brekkie Box is open for breakfast and lunch options between 5.30am to 2pm on weekdays and 8am to noon on Saturday and Sunday.
The menu offers a selection of breakfast favourites including tradie rolls (sizeable ones), eggs benedict, poached eggs, wraps, schnitzel burgers and scotch fillet burgers.
Produce is sourced locally where possible including bread from Valentine’s Bakehouse, bacon from Butcher on Rise and Honeybird coffee supplies quality roasted coffee beans from Mount Beauty.
Down the track, Mr Connell hopes to expand his takeaway food business by opening more outlets including one in Albury and beyond.