Nohemi Rodriguez, Owner, LA AREPA

Leading Ladies 2024


“I always wanted to start an arepa business because they are such a beloved food in Venezuela,” says Nohemi Rodriguez, who first purchased a food truck in 2000 to make that dream a reality. Her restaurant, LA AREPA, opened in 2006 and expanded almost immediately the following year. Nohemi has been serving a wide variety of dishes made with fresh, natural ingredients ever since, with a focus on cultivating a fun, welcoming atmosphere. “Serving food is definitely my love language!”


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