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Koci worked for big corporations until four years ago, when she and her husband – Enton Mehillaj, also from Albania – decided hard work and risk-taking could lead to powerful rewards. They opened Livia’s Dish restaurant, named after their daughter and introducing the seven-day-a-week brunch concept to Central Massachusetts. The couple is working on a second location in Worcester, called Altea’s Brunch.
Koci serves on the Worcester Airport Advisory Committee and as first vice president for the Webster Square Business Association.
What is your most significant professional goal? Creating Central Massachusetts restaurants that take brunch to a totally different level.
What would you like to go back and tell your 10-year-old self? Keep doing what you are doing because all this hard work will pay off!!
What is the first impression you like to leave with business contacts? I’m all about building trust. It is the foundation of great relationships.
Why do you work in Central Massachusetts? The 12 colleges and universities here bring so much youth, you just have to be creative and take risks when introducing new ideas.
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