Heritage owner Antonia Navarro grew up in a family of food-lovers and her dad owned a pizzeria meaning that she learnt to cook from a young age. But with a young family and a career in teaching, it never felt quite the right time.
With the support of her family and husband Alex, Antonia decided to step back from her 11-year position as a primary school teacher to pursue the family’s long-term dream of owning and running their own restaurant. Taking a leap of faith, Antonia had the time and space to develop the business idea before contacting The Women’s Organisation and Start-Up Direct.
Working alongside business adviser, Yan Miao, Antonia was able to get the advice and support she needed to make her restaurant, Heritage on Liverpool’s bustling Castle Street, a reality.
“My sessions with Yan were great, sometimes, you just need a little bit of reassurance that you are on the correct path,” says Antonia. “At times it was nice just to move away from the madness and speak to Yan in a neutral place”.
Hospitality with Heritage
Having looked at several premises around Liverpool, Castle Street seemed like a natural fit for Heritage, which hosts the daytime workers of Liverpool’s commercial district as well as a high volume of tourists and socialisers.
“We have continually reverted to reminding each other that we must stay true to our product ‘Heritage’ – the reason why we opened our restaurant,” she says. “So far, this mantra has worked. We have seen our business grow, and we are continually evolving.”
This large-scale venture took Antonia on a whirlwind journey to entrepreneurship and Heritage officially opened its doors in February last year.
Despite the twists and the turns along the way, the biggest reward for Antonia is “seeing customers enjoying our food and drink and gaining fabulous feedback”. Her advice for anyone looking to open a restaurant is simple – seek out advice and support from others with experience, such as The Women’s Organisation.