The store will celebrate throughout the month of August with giveaways, special events and live music, Perdomo said.
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Perdomo and her husband started their restaurant business in the Second Street Market in downtown Dayton in 2012, using the market as an incubator and a springboard to open free-standing locations. In addition to the Kettering location, they now operate restaurants at 1000 Miamisburg-Centerville Road east of the Dayton Mall and at 416 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton, the site of the former Olive restaurant that still carries historic Wympee signage.
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The restaurant owner credited excellent customer service, help from her family (including her sister and brother-in-law) and support from customers on social media with helping the Kettering Arepas to succeed where other restaurant owners could not.
“Word of mouth is the best advertising in the world,” Perdomo said.
Arepas & Co. specializes in comfort foods from different regions of Colombia, South America, including Arepas, Empanadas, Mazorca, Yuca Fries, and Choclo. For more information, check out the Arepas & Co's Facebook page.