An Interview with Jason Queen, Co-Founder of Transfer Company Food Hall

Transfer Company Food Hall has become a beloved gathering spot in downtown Raleigh.  Located just east of downtown in the old Carolina Coach Garage and Shop, it showcases local food and beer vendors.  The architecture is historic, the food delicious, and the vibe friendly and welcoming.

How has Transfer adjusted to life in a pandemic?

Obviously, we had to shut down for a while and now we’re open in a limited capacity.  However, we feel that food halls are well positioned with large dining spaces (ours is 15,000 SF), outdoor courtyards and 35’ ceilings.  Most restaurants have very limited inside capacity.  With 150 people in Transfer, it still looks quiet.   We also feel our strengths come from multiple offerings in a one-stop shop.  For those wanting take-out, we’ve been working on coordinating collective deliveries.

From an in-person dining standpoint, we’re seeing about half our normal population.  But, we’re here, maintaining our jobs and doing what we can.

What do you see for the future of Transfer? Any new additions?

The future looks bright.  We are a very community-focused business.  And, will continue to honor and celebrate our surrounding neighborhood.

Any new additions coming?

  • Behind the food hall, a three-story building is planned and getting close to breaking ground early next year. The bottom floor will feature Saxapahaw Grocery.
  • The ballroom has reopened for event rentals. Booking for 2021 has already started.
  • York exclusive scoop, Transfer Co Work Hall co-working space will celebrate its grand opening in September!


We’ve been hearing predictions lately that downtowners are moving to the suburbs to escape both density and unrest.  Your other company, Monarch Realty, sells properties in and around downtown.  What’s your take?

The walkability and lifestyle that downtown allows for is its unique competitive advantage.  This lifestyle can’t be replicated in the suburbs and makes downtown sustainable in the long term.  My prediction is that once we get a clear signal to reopen, downtown will come roaring back.

In terms of Monarch’s downtown activity, our sales are as strong as ever and in certain instances absorption is higher than ever.

Jason remains bullish.  Go visit Transfer Company Food Hall!

Top 5 Fall Preventative Maintenance Tips for Your Home

Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching and with it comes thoughts of cooler weather (Yay!), football tailgates (Eh…maybe not so much this year), and your home’s Fall preventative maintenance checklist (Right?!?).  Since we knew you’d be thinking about all this stuff soon enough, we thought we’d share York Maintenance Divisions’ top five Fall maintenance tips.

Yes, yes….we know there are actually eight tips listed here.  We got excited and couldn’t help ourselves, and “Top Eight Fall Preventative Maintenance Tips” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.  Thanks for humoring us.

  1. Check windows and doors for air leaks.

This is one of the easiest ways to save on winter energy bills and keep your house from getting cold. Make sure there are not cracks, leaks or air coming through the window sills or door frames.

  1. Clean your heating and air conditioning unit.

Having your air conditioner and heater units cleaned twice a year- spring and fall- will help your family stay healthier and expand the life of your units. A professional cleaning is inexpensive and takes a very short amount of time.

  1. Check your fireplace.

Many people still use wood burning or gas fireplaces in the winter. Do a visual inspection of your fireplace to make sure that it is in good working order. Give it a test run at some point in the fall, before it gets too cold, to make sure that it will be functioning in the winter.

  1. Clean gutters and downspouts.

Once most of the leaves have fallen, clean out gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding.

  1. Protect your garden hoses and spigots.

To keep your garden hose from freezing and cracking, empty it completely and disconnect it from the spigot. Moving it inside is also a good idea to help prevent your hose from freezing and getting destroyed.

  1. Drain Sprinkler/Irrigation Systems.

Chances are you aren’t going to be using the sprinklers in winter. Water left in the system can freeze causing the pipes to crack and burst.

  1. Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Install new batteries every spring and fall.

  1. Inspect and Trim Tree Limbs.

Trim any tree limbs that are dangerously close to power lines or the roof of your house. Heavy snow and ice can build up and cause weak tree limbs to break and fall onto your house or vehicles causing damage.


Our Maintenance Team is on call and ready to help with residential or commercial maintenance projects.  Call or email us to discuss your maintenance needs at 919.863.0826 or [email protected].  We would love to hear from you!

TBJ Showcases York Standard’s New Venture

As financial challenges continue to sweep  across the region, a pair of Raleigh firms have launched a new venture to serve as a one-stopshop for all things related to distressed commercial real estate.

York Properties Inc. and Standard Title Company have announced the launch of York Standard Asset Management Company, a joint
venture providing services for the handling of distressed commercial real estate, from receivership and active management to brokerage and more.

Link to TBJ’s Article

Largest Corporate Philanthropists in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill

Punching above its weight class, York Properties is proud to be featured on a list of the Triangle’s largest philanthropic companies with the likes of BCBS, Duke Energy, Wells Fargo and GlaxoSmithKline, among others.

Since our founding in 1910, York has fostered a culture of service – to both our clients and our community.   Chairman, Smedes York, and CEO, George York, have set high standards for volunteer engagement and deeply believe in giving back to the community that has given them the opportunity to do business for 100+ years.

Largest Corporate Philanthropists List