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

Published August 28, 2020 by Brooke

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!