I was at an Ale House the other day and I was really intrigued by their salt and pepper shakers. They were simply used Corona bottles with perforated plastic cap stuck on the top. I thought they may have made the caps themselves, but I noticed they had the official Corona “crown” logo moulded into the plastic. So one quick trip to Google and I got the low-down on these little guys. Amazon sells a set of two of them for about $4, which seems a little steep to me, but at least you’re getting the real deal. (Actually if you are looking to buy a lot for a restaurant or something, HulaHangout has bulk discounts.) I imagine you could just as easily use a beer bottle with a twist-off cap and just drill some holes in it. It’s a perfect, cheap re-use idea and matches perfectly with a sports bar or tropical type of atmosphere.
Similarly, I was at Chipotle the other day and saw them using old Tabasco Sauce bottles to hold their salt and pepper. I didn’t take a picture, but I’m sure you get the concept.