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Bloomington Venezuelan Food Truck Opens Brick-And-Mortar Restaurant

The exterior of Arepas Venezuelan Restaurant in Bloomington.

((WTIU News))

Another food truck in Bloomington is expanding to a brick-and-mortar location.

The Arepas Venezuelan Gastropub opened its first restaurant last week on the corner of Walnut and East 7th St.

The “Fast Casual” food hub offers arepas which are similar to sandwiches with a huge variety of toppings laid out like a buffet for the customer to choose.  Vegetables and vegan options are also provided. 

Aperas started out as a food truck called Juancho’s Munchies but Juan-Jose Palcios, the restaurant’s owner, wanted to expand his business and was able to buy the property next to Scotty’s Brew-house.  He has long term goals to build his business into a chain.       

"We’re going to try very hard," Palcios says. "And, like always, if you put a little bit of love and a little bit of hard work everything will come out well. That’s something I always say to myself.” 

Palcios says they had a lot of business during the Little 500 weekend and are on schedule to break even. 

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