Brewery, Tavern, Coffee Roasters — Making Garner Historic District A Tourist Draw
By Tina Traster
For more than a year, Jason Poole struggled to find industrial space in Queens for his startup beverage company Kojiya. Landlords and realtors, he discovered, didn’t want to rent to startups. He even tried working with the Queens Economic Development Corporation.
“Landlords were looking for a year’s worth of rent and prior sales,” said Poole. “I gave up on Queens and googled ‘industrial complexes’”.
Up popped Garner Historic District – the game-changer Poole was looking for even though he’d never heard of it, or Haverstraw for that matter. This year, he signed a two-year lease for 6,300-square-feet to manufacture koji, a traditional Japanese seasoning and curing agent used to make a fermented rice drink. He’s been building out the space for the past six months and plans to launch in January. Eventually, he plans to open his doors to tours and tastings.