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The year 1986. Founder Carlos Tavora, born and raised in a Goan Catholic family, decided to cater to an increasing demand for vegetarian food in Goa, which was clearly becoming one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the country. Uninitiated in both, the cuisine and the restaurant line, he set up Navtara. No mean feat for an ambitious, then paint-salesman, fresh off his MBA. The budding entrepreneur boldly raised the shutters to his 150 seat South Indian restaurant on August 22, 1986. His keen eye for detail, and dedicated discipline rubbed off on the establishment, making it a trusted household name for locals and tourists alike.
Fast forward 11 years. In 1997, Navtara Veg Restaurant was renovated as a Multi Cuisine Vegetarian Restaurant in Goa. Expanding its menu to offer Punjabi, Mughlai, Goan, Chinese, North and South Indian fare to its patrons. This remains the present model, replicated in our expansion across the state of Goa. Starting with our Mapusa restaurant in 2005, and the many more that have followed.
From the outset, our team has worked relentlessly towards providing hygienic, authentic and well-priced vegetarian food in a welcoming and comforting family atmosphere. In doing so, we also acknowledge our responsibility to foster economic development and create employment opportunities wherever we mark our presence. Our 10 branches today are testament to the fact that we have consistently met our patrons’ needs consistently, and hold tremendous goodwill.