Mario D’Agostino, who passed away June 14, 2020, was a true leader in his community in the Bronx and left his mark on the neighborhood and everyone, who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Mario was an honorable man, who changed people’s lives with his beautiful mind, strong work ethic, positive outlook on life and investing in his favorite part of New York City, the Bronx.
He was born and raised in the Bronx and loved his hometown like nobody else. He was so proud to be from the Bronx. He would light up whenever he got the chance to discuss the borough coming up and finally getting its due: the Metro North coming to Morris Park, Ferry Service to Soundview, real estate taking off or a new business that opened up.
Mario was the owner of Muscle Maker Grill and The Miles Coffee Bar on E. Tremont Avenue and Miles Avenue.
Mario invested in the borough he loved. He transformed an entire block on East Tremont into a true destination, a place to be – Muscle Maker – a place where people from the neighborhood could go for a good, healthy meal; The Miles Coffee Bar, a unique coffee shop that brought so many people together and gave them a chance to see his vision.
Being born and raised in the Bronx was the driving force behind everything Mario put his name on. When he opened The Miles Coffee Bar his mission was to bringing a new esthetic to the neighborhood and to offer well thought out product from locally roasted coffee to top quality food. The design was fresh and conducive to a gathering place, inclusive for all.
He was a member of the community board for a short period of time before being diagnosed but it was something that was so very important to him, if he had more time with us I know he eventually would have wanted to get involved in local politics to champion change for his beloved borough.
Last, but certainly not least, Mario changed peoples lives! He helped friends and employees further their careers, to get them to realize their full potential. He was a positive male role model to so many of his employees, helping mentor them to believe in themselves AND to always work hard! He helped them buy real estate in the Bronx, building up their credit, landing their dream job, changing their unhealthy lifestyle and simply enjoying life to the fullest.
Please help us honor him in the neighborhood he loved so much by signing our petition for street renaming in honor of Mario D’Agostino.