Restaurant owners reveal plans for former Olive space

Arepas & Co. could open as early as mid-January in former diner space that dates to 1938


The owners of Arepas & Co. Colombian Comfort Food say they have no plans to close their 2nd Street Market location and are shooting for a mid-January opening of their newest location in the former Olive Urban Dive/Wympee diner.

Arepas owners Jhembert (J.R.) and Lisa Perdomo signed a lease last week for the space at 416 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton — just four blocks from where the restaurant opened its first location in the 2nd Street Market in 2012.

In March 2014, the Perdomos opened their second restaurant at 1122 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering.

Lisa Perdomo said the opening of the newest location at the former Olive will have “no impact” on the two existing locations.

“We believe the 2nd St. Market is more of a destination where people go to try new, fun things — our arepas among them — while our new location will cater more to the surrounding businesses and communities on a permanent basis,” Perdomo said.

The couple is working to obtain the necessary licences and permits to operate and on furnishing the new restaurant.

“We plan to open the Wympee location by mid-January 2016,” with lunch and dinner hours Monday through Saturday, Perdomo said.

The newest Arepas & Co. will seat about 30 inside and 16 on a back patio, and will open with about six employees, Perdomo said. A seasonal location that operated in the Corwin area along a bike path in Warren County earlier this year will not return next year, she said.

“We decided to focus our efforts on permanent, and not seasonal, locations,” Perdomo said.

The former Olive/Wympee location, which dates to 1938, has high visibility, historic appeal and a fine reputation from its Olive owner, the Arepas & Co. co-founder said.

“And we believe in the bright future ahead for downtown Dayton, and we want to support it and be part of it,” she said.


Reader Comments


Next Up in Business

City buys riverfront land for new ‘entertainment district’
City buys riverfront land for new ‘entertainment district’

Another piece in a long-planned “entertainment district” along the Great Miami River appears to have fallen in place. Property records are showing that the city of West Carrollton has bought riverfront property along Marina Drive for the potential district. The city picked up about a half-acre of former auto dealership property at 5649...
Tech firm wins $100K to work on AFRL data
Tech firm wins $100K to work on AFRL data

A Miamisburg technology firm, Ignyte Assurance Platform —which last summer changed its name from MAFAZO LLC — has received Ohio Third Frontier funding to work with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) , based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The company was awarded $100,000 to develop and integrate cybersecurity technology from the...
Tech firm to move into renovated historic downtown  building
Tech firm to move into renovated historic downtown  building

A start-up software company has been identified as the first tenant in a new Woodard Development project. The cyber-physical software company Tangram Flex will occupy nearly 7,000 square feet of the fifth floor of the building located at 607 E Third St. beginning in April 2019. MORE: Why optimism has fled the auto industry The company is expected...
Why optimism has fled the auto industry
Why optimism has fled the auto industry

Auto dealers today are no longer optimistic about market conditions, a new survey has found. The Q4 2018 Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index takes measure of how U.S. auto dealers, both franchised and independent, are feeling about the auto business and vehicle sales. The survey was taken between Oct. 24 and Nov. 6, 2018, with questions focused on...
Dayton Air Show leader inducted into national hall of fame
Dayton Air Show leader inducted into national hall of fame

Dayton Air Show Executive Director Terry Grevious has been inducted into the National Air Show Hall of Fame. Grevious was inducted into the hall of fame over the weekend at the International Council of Air Shows Annual Conference in Las Vegas. He has spent more than 40 years in the air show industry, managing the Flint Bishop Air Show, Muskegon Air...
More Stories