BXTRA with Rosa Garcia

On Monday, October 2, 2017, I went to one of my favorite places to eat, and this time it wasn’t for food…it was to meet with the owner and manager, Rosa Garcia!

Rosa is the first female to be on BXTRA!  Aside from managing the Mott Haven Bar and Grill, she is a mother of two, a student, a business owner to another company, a runner, and a great inspiration! How does Rosa do it all?

At the age of 18, Rosa was introduced to the food service industry as a waitress at a restaurant in Washington Heights. In 2007, she found a position on Craig’s List for what was then called 1 Bruckner. She became a waitress and soon elevated to being the manager of 1 Bruckner. When Hurricane Sandy struck in 2012, 1 Bruckner faced severe damages and the previous owners were having a hard time deciding on the future plans for the South Bronx eatery. Rosa saw the quarrel as an opportunity to present her proposal for the restaurant and in 2013, Mott Haven Bar & Grill opened its doors with a new owner.

Though being a restaurateur sounds like a hefty task in itself, she has other significant tasks to take on. Rosa is a mother of two young girls, two and eleven. She also is a nursing student and says that even though nursing is the complete opposite of her current career, it is always good to have a plan B.  When Rosa finds free time between her hectic schedule, you can find her training for the NYC Marathon.

In late 2017, Rosa plans to introduce Mott Haven on the Go, a food truck that will offer healthy meals for the community. The food truck is part of  #not62 campaign.  Earlier in the year, the Bronx was ranked the least healthiest county in New York state. Officials, business owners, and residents alike are coming together to create innovate ways to promote and maintain a healthier borough. 

For those who are aspiring to go into her field, or anyone who is taking on a new venture,  Rosa suggests blocking any negativity and going for it. She believes that anyone can achieve their goals, it does not matter if you are female, person of color, or from the Bronx.

You may be wondering how this boss lady is able to lead such a successful life and luckily for us, she gives a helpful tip. Rosa suggests that everyone get a vision board because if you can see the dream or idea, it forces you to get it.

When asked if she could be extra something, Rosa said she would be extra tough, but she likes the way that she is. I couldn’t agree more, she is extraordinary just the way she is! 



Do Good. Stay Well. BXTRA.



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Tatyana Turner is a Bronx native who grew up in the Mott Haven and Grand Concourse sections of the borough. She has experience in print journalism and photography. In December 2016, Tatyana graduated from Temple University with a degree in Communication Studies and returned to her home in the Bronx where she is applying her skills to further discover the extraordinary people and places in the place she calls home.

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