First a delivery boy at the World Trade Center, now a proud father of two and the owner of White Plains’ Royal Palace.
By Kathryn Walsh and Philip Garrity
Jagdish Mitter, India
Jagdish Mitter left India for the United States when he was just 19. He got his first job here the old-fashioned way: by going door-to-door. “I found someone from my village working at a deli. He spoke to his boss and I got my first job as a delivery boy at the World Trade Center.” Today, he’s a Scarsdale resident, father of two, and the proud owner of Best of Westchester-winning Royal Palace in White Plains (plus a few gas stations). He considers his biggest accomplishment being “a business owner in the land of opportunity.”
My Story: “I had a very hard life. I saw my parents struggle a lot when I was growing up and I wanted to make sure my kids had a good life. I believe in hard work and honesty. Being a foreigner in America is not easy, but hard work paid off. [I was] a delivery boy, busboy, chef, and, finally, I owned my own business. I opened my first restaurant on Central Avenue in Yonkers. Westchester is a beautiful place to live, and there are still a lot of business opportunities for minorities...I love to help anyone in distress, I love to help the community. I am involved in a committee to build a Hindu temple in White Plains. I love my wife; without her, none of the things in my life would have been possible.”
My experience with stereotyping: “As an Indian, back when 9/11 happened, I was afraid that I was going to lose my business.”