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.

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