Arepas & Co humble beginnings go back to the Second Street Market in downtown Dayton where it’s been offering Colombian Comfort Food since April of 2012; its Arepas (grilled cornmeal patties), and Empanadas (stuffed cornmeal turnovers) are now very popular dishes among food lovers in the Dayton and surrounding communities. “The support we have received from our loyal customers has encouraged us to expand to a second location where we can continue to introduce fresh, flavorful and fun Colombian dishes” said Lisa Perdomo, owner of Arepas & Co, who grew up in Kettering. The new location is set to open in mid March at 1122 E. Dorothy Lane ( just east of The Dayton Beer Company) to commemorate its second anniversary where Arepas & Co will offer extended hours, dine-in and carry out menu.
At its new location, Arepas & Co will also offer “Tinto” (homemade Colombian coffee), fruit juices and monthly specials. Customer will also find gluten-free and vegetarian friendly dishes such as their Mazorca Desgranada also known as “Party in your Mouth”, Colombian Platter (pictured) and “Tajaditas” (deep fried slices of plantain) topped with their flavorful and addicting sauces such as garlic mayo, cilantro and “El Scorcho”.“Our dishes are inspired by family recipes and finger foods made popular by street vendors in Colombia, who are known for providing simple yet delicious treats” said Lisa, “The way we marinade our meats is a recipe passed down to my husband by one of his aunts in Colombia whose finger-licking meals are highly rated by friends and family” added Lisa.The concept is co-owned by Lisa’s husband, who was born and raised in Colombia. “Our location in Kettering is perfect; it offers a cozy, family-friendly environment that reminiscences the old neighborhood hangout” said Jhembert, “we want to be known for our fresh, flavorful, fast yet affordable concept that reflects the ever growing diversity of Dayton and its surrounding communities”.
You can learn more about Arepas & Co by visiting their Facebook page or by calling Lisa Perdomo at 937-620-4099.