Airport hospitality leader OTG announced today that it has reached agreements with four companies that began as entrepreneurial start-ups that will now offer products at restaurants and bars inside OTG terminals in New York area airports.
OTG operates hundreds of dining and retail locations in airports across the country including Newark, LaGuardia, JFK, Philadelphia, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.
OTG has reached agreements with the following companies:
- Hella Cocktail Co. (Long Island City, NY): Since 2012, Hella Cocktail Co. (A local minority Airport Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program certified company), has poured an expanding array of delicious options for cocktail consumers, both those desiring bold flavors to mix with traditional spirits and those who prefer a non-alcoholic way to sip and socialize. During the pandemic, Hella hired out-of-work bartenders to teach virtual classes on how to make drinks. Hella co-CEO Jomaree Pinkard is actively mentoring minority entrepreneurs so they can learn from Hella’s success. Hella products will be offered in locations at six OTG airports.
- St. Agrestis (Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY): The Catizone Brothers and their Brooklyn-born partner Steve DeAngelo touch every part of St. Agrestis – a producer of natural spirits and cocktails. Their products are made from organic herbs, spices, and citrus, and their products are all produced in their facility in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
- Five Boroughs Brewing Co. (Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY): The origin of the company started while crafting beer in a college dorm room, now the founders of Five Boroughs Brewing Co. make their hyper-local product in an old warehouse in Brooklyn that boasts high ceilings, fresh beer, and a massive 2,500 square foot taproom.
- SingleCut Beersmiths (Queens, NY): SingleCut was founded by a Queens native who loved all things music and beer. Now, all its award-winning lagers and IPAs are named after music and all are made back home, in Queens, NY.
“We are thrilled to partner with these entrepreneurs and their companies that began as local start-ups, and we are excited to offer their products at our airport locations,” said Rick Blatstein, CEO and Founder of OTG. “It is one of our top priorities to find and highlight local businesses so their products can be featured at our locations in the terminals. It allows us to give travelers wonderful choices to make the airport experience that much better.”
“We are proud to serve travelers at OTG locations inside airports from New York to Minneapolis to Houston. We hope the company’s super-premium products – mixers, bitters, and bitters & sodas sparkling aperitifs – help make everyone feel welcome, resonating with the spirit of hospitality as well as the modern diversity, equity, and inclusion movement. For a decade, Hella Cocktail Co has worked to raise its profile among mixologists and bartenders. Now, as a fully evolved lifestyle brand, we are happy to celebrate our 10th anniversary with this OTG partnership,” said Hella co-CEO and Founder Jomaree Pinkard.
“When we developed Five Boroughs Brewing Co., our goal was to create an inclusive beer brand for everyone in New York City, locals and visitors alike!” said Blake Tomnitz, Co-Founder and CEO of Five Boroughs Brewing Co. “With that in mind, we’re excited to team up with OTG to showcase our products at airports throughout the metro area. This partnership will give travelers a chance to try local and high-quality craft beers whether they call New York City home, are visiting, or simply relaxing during a layover.”
“Queens isn’t just the World’s Borough, it’s the borough of innovation. We pull our inspiration for brewing from the sounds and music of NYC, and are incredibly excited, with the help of OTG, to bring this taste of QNS straight to the new LaGuardia Terminal E,” said Dan Bronson, General Manager of SingleCut Beersmiths.
“I have been flying from LaGuardia Airport my entire life, and to have our products as part of the transformation of the airport is a thrill and honor. We look forward to partnering with OTG,” said St. Agrestis Co-Owner Louis Catizone.