WORTHINGTON — A vacancy in Worthington's business district has allowed three sisters-in-law to open up a new place that offers treats from their native Mexico.
Leiby, Claudia and Maria Towns decided to pursue their dream when Java Nau (1304 Oxford St.) closed down earlier this year. They acquired the space in February, and have been working since then to redecorate the building and make preparations to open for business.
While the new owners were spending their evenings painting the walls and installing equipment, community members sometimes stopped in to inquire about the future plans for the space. Now, everyone can come inside and see for themselves.
The Towns sisters' business, Frutissimo, opened Monday and offers "build-your-own cold-pressed juice," as Claudia put it.
Fresh, all-natural juice is popular in the Townses' native Mexico, and they wanted to bring that trend to Worthington. In addition to juice, the menu also includes Mexican favorites like mangoneada, elotes and gazpacho. They are open to requests for other items, and may alter the menu based on demand.
Although COVID presented a few setbacks to opening, the new business owners persevered. They are excited to share their culture with the community.
Frutissimo is a quaint spot with limited space inside the building.
"If people can cook in a lunch truck, why can't we do it here?" Leiby explained.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, only one family will be allowed inside at a time to order. However, the drive-thru is operational, for those who want a more convenient option. Upon request, the sisters are even willing to deliver.
The menu and hours of operation are still being finalized, but the Townses welcome everyone to stop by and check out their offerings.
Next summer, they would like to add outdoor seating and wi-fi, envisioning Frutissimo as a place young people might hang out and study. Eventually, they hope to expand their space, as well.