Arepa House opens in Harrisburg with household name, Venezuelan foods

Leandro Fabian Curvelo understands why people are confused when they enter the Arepa house.

The name of his laid-back Venezuelan restaurant at 404 Second St. in Harrisburg sounds familiar. Many believe it is associated with Arepa City, a restaurant that operated along Second Street for several years until it closed in 2015.

But this is an entirely different establishment.

“They paved the way for us, so we’re grateful and grateful,” said Curvelo.

As a result, he said many customers are familiar with the cuisine, including the signature arepas, a Venezuelan sandwich made from a homemade corn bun and stuffed with toppings such as pork, chicken and black beans. sweet. The comforting sandwiches are similar to those you find at Venezuelan street vendors.

“I always tell them to buckle up because a bunch of flavors are going to enter your mouth,” he said.

Curvelo and his parents, Leonardo Fabian Mejias and Rafymar Curvelo Gonzalez, wanted to bring something different to the region. Her mother is from Venezuela and her father is from the Dominican Republic.


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They decided to open the restaurant two years ago, but the pandemic and issues with renovations have delayed plans. The family also has four Family Tires Corp branches. in the Harrisburg area.

Curvelo oversees the restaurant, where customers come in and order at the counter. Seating is available in a rear dining area.

The menu items are skillfully written on a board. Arepas, a food Curvelo has said he has eaten since childhood, are the star. Cornbread cakes are made from scratch and toasted or fried.

They sell arepas in about 10 combinations, including chicken and avocado, chicken and cheese, grated beef, scrambled eggs, onions and tomatoes, and grated beef, pork sausage and beans. black avocado.

Arepa House’s menu includes other Latin American dishes such as cachapas, a sweet corn pancake stuffed with cheese or cheese and ham; cachitos, a bread with ham and butter or ham and bacon; Empanadas; and patacones, fried plantains with meat of your choice.

They also sell popular drinks in Venezuela such as sugarcane juice with lemon juice, rice water with milk and cinnamon, and milk smoothies with tropical fruits, as well as coffee. Desserts complete the menu with very leches cake, flan, papaya dulce and churros.

Another dessert offering, the golfeados, is a sweet bread stuffed with cheese.

“It’s shaped like a Cinnabon but it’s super different,” said Curvelo. “There is cheese in it and we put a syrup on it.”

The shop also sells Venezuelan sweets, chocolate powders for milk and sauces.

The restaurant is open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. It is closed on Sundays. The phone is 717-857-6656.

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