Empanadas Aqui in Mason Is Closing

"Unfortunately, COVID has had a dramatic impact on our business."

click to enlarge Empanadas Aqui - PHOTO: FACEBOOK.COM/EMPANADASAQUI
Photo: Facebook.com/EmpanadasAqui
Empanadas Aqui

Right before the start of the pandemic in 2020, Venezuelan food truck Empanadas Aqui opened its highly anticipated brick-and-mortar restaurant in downtown Mason. 

And now, the restaurant has announced it will be closing its doors.

"We have made the difficult decision to close the doors of the restaurant. Our last day will be Saturday, January 29th," reads a Facebook post from Empanadas Aqui. "Unfortunately, COVID has had a dramatic impact on our business. We have run several scenarios to see what options we have but the effects of COVID have outlasted small business assistance and hard work. Recovery is not in sight."

They say they had been open for 15 days before COVID shutdowns began in March of 2020.

Owners Pat Fettig, Brett and Dadnitri Johnson first opened their food truck in 2014 as a way for Dadnitri, a Venezuela native, to share a taste of home with the hungry folks of Greater Cincinnati and pay homage to the country she dearly missed.

After several successful years and gathering a loyal following of foodie fans, the food truck embarked on opening a permanent location

The team says they will continue Empanadas Aqui as a food truck and catering operation. A schedule can be found at StreetFoodFinder.

Empanadas Aqui also thanked their employees in their Facebook post, writing, "It is important to say that we could not have been where we are today without the incredibly hard work of everyone on this team, both past and present."

The restaurant also invites the public to "
grab one last bite before our doors close."

Empanadas Aqui is located at 322 Reading Road, Mason
. Learn more at empanadasaqui.com.

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