Pepey’s Filipino Food and Sweets has brought authentic Filipino cuisine and pierogi to a long-abandoned strip mall along one of Dyer’s main roads.
The restaurant at 1233 Sheffield Ave. in Dyer plans to open a second location in Valparaiso later this year. It also plans to open a sit-down restaurant next door in Dyer that will feature southern-style cuisine, burgers, Italian and Mexican fare.
“We’re the only restaurant in the neighborhood so we want to offer everything for everyone,” said Nash Carey, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife Jennifer “Pepey” Carey.
The business started as a catering business and food truck at local farmers’ markets. It found a permanent home in a strip mall at the corner of Sheffield Avenue and 213th Street that was previously home to Venice Pizza but has been vacant for seven years.
“We remodeled the outside and have been expanding on the inside,” he said. “We’ve gotten a great response. The building was hideous-looking…