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.