By Kate Berube
Tanya Bathija, owner of the incoming Dunkin Donuts in Blue Point, has added another title to her ever growing list of accolades: Miss New York United States. For Bathija, who participated and won the statewide pageant in May, this is a brand new experience. A first time pageant contestant, she entered as a way to prove to young women that there’s no such thing as perfect beauty or perfect size, holding a firm belief that real beauty stems from your character and strength. While a striking woman in her own right, it’s her warm personality and endless drive that sets her apart.
Putting her MBA in accounting and finance from Baruch College to good use, Bathija, with her family, owns and oversees eight Dunkin Donuts franchises in total, including the Blue Point location. Construction on the new Dunkin Donuts, located at the corner of Blue Point Avenue and Montauk Highway, is set to begin next month. Formerly a bank for many years, the site has sat vacant for ever since Capital One closed in 2015. This location will include a highly anticipated drive-through option perfect for grabbing your morning coffee on the go.
With what little free time she has, Bathija is also an active member of the Bayport-Blue Point and Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and a frequent volunteer at community events. Being a successful female entrepreneur, she aims to use the Miss New York platform to inspire girls to see that with education and hard work, anything is within their reach. “Tanya is such a wonderful role-model,” remarked former Bayport-Blue Point Chamber President Carol Cusack, “we’re all very proud of her.”