BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – From working as a gas station attendant in the Bronx to owning his own bar and restaurant in Bronxville, John Fogarty is the definition of an immigrant success story.
Originally from Holycross, County Tipperary, Ireland, Fogarty immigrated to the United States in 1971. He worked multiple jobs, including as a painter, gas station attendant and beverage distributor, before becoming the owner of a German delicatessen in the Bronx. In 1998, Fogarty bought the Town Tavern in Bronxville, and after a full renovation, reopened it as J.C. Fogarty's Bar and Restaurant.
His success isn't a product of luck, rather it's one of hard work and dedication, Fogarty said.
"It's just such a great feeling to be asked to be a part of this celebration," he said. "I've met a lot of great people in the area over the years, and for them to recognize me is truly an honor. I love being in Bronxville because I love the people here. They've all been great to me over the years, as I hope that through my efforts I've been good to them as well."
Over the years Fogarty has supported various charitable organizations, including Bedford Park Seniors, the Northeast Bronx Community Coalition, the Special Olympics, The Community Fund, St. Baldricks, the Irish Holy Ghost Fathers and Cabrini of Westchester. Fogarty also organized a relief effort in Bronxville for victims in the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy.
Helping out different organizations and stepping up when people are in need is something that enriches his life, Fogarty said.
"I help out other people because I can, because it's the right thing to do," he said. "I had an idea of what I wanted to achieve from a young age, and I just went with it. America truly is the land of opportunity, and if you want something badly enough, anything is possible, and I'm proof. As for the future, I just want to keep doing what I'm doing and continuing to help out along the way."