The new restaurant will be located in tenant space adjacent to Scoops Ice Cream near the southwest corner of the retail center. If all goes well with the build-out of the space, which formerly housed a chiropractic office, Fino Sur Peruvian Street Food could open as early as February or March 2020, Arenas said.
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Fino Sur Peruvian Street Food is coming to the Cross Pointe Centre in Centerville.
Customers will place their orders at a counter. There will be seating for about 45, the restaurant’s founder said.
Arenas has worked as a manager at El Toro Bar & Grill. Most recently, he provided some of his Peruvian street-food specialties at Dayton’s Hispanic Heritage Festival that was held two months ago.
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The Dayton area has a handful of restaurants that focus on South American dishes, but fall well short of Cincinnati and Columbus in international restaurants, Arenas said. Many existing restaurants focus on Colombian food, but none focus exclusively on Peruvian food.
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Salar Restaurant & Lounge in Dayton’s Oregon District is influenced by founder and executive chef Margot Blondet’s Peruvian roots, but the web site of the fine-dining restaurant describes its menu as “world fusion cuisine with strong Peruvian, French, and Mediterranean influences.”
Fino Sur Peruvian Street Food is coming to the Cross Pointe Centre.
Credit: Mark Fisher
Credit: Mark Fisher
“Dayton is ready to try new things,” Arenas said. “My idea is to try to educate people and offer many different flavors of Peruvian food that Dayton has not had before.”
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The restaurant will start with a small menu focusing on the foods that might be available on the streets of Lima, Peru, while offering some specials on the weekends, Arenas said.
“We want to do something authentic, and we will have an opportunity to show many different things,” Arenas said.