Ay Por Dios! Mexican Bistro, an upscale Mexican fusion restaurant, will open on Franklin Street early this year.
The restaurant combines food from Oaxaca, a city in Mexico, and Spain, but also offers food from other cuisines, such as sushi.
Miguel Rebolledo, the executive chef, said Ay Por Dios! features dishes people enjoy eating at different restaurants in one place, including even Asian and Mediterranean foods.
“The food is going to be high-quality,” he said.
Edy Barahona, the owner and manager of Ay Por Dios!, said the restaurant is inspired by authentic Oaxacan food and culture. Oaxacan food is very natural, colorful and flavorful, he said.
“You want to try real food? Go to Oaxaca," he said. "Don’t go to fancy restaurants in Mexico, go to Oaxaca."
Barahona spent 30 days in Oaxaca, learning various recipes firsthand. He said he plans to bring recipes from the streets of Oaxaca to Ay Por Dios!, replicating the dishes from scratch.
The restaurant offers a wide range of dishes, including multiple types of Oaxacan mole sauce, fresh seafood and tomahawk steak. Barahona said Ay Por Dios! is a family restaurant but also caters to college students, offering more affordable options during the day.
What sets Ay Por Dios! apart from other Mexican restaurants in North Carolina, Barahona said, is that his entire culinary department received training from chefs from Mexico.