Ay Por Dios!, a new upscale Mexican restaurant on West Franklin Street, officially opened on Sept. 28 after months of delay. The restaurant held a grand opening celebration on Thursday with a mariachi band and a DJ.
Edy Barahona, the owner of the restaurant, said it took about two years to finish construction and renovations for the restaurant in preparation for the grand opening.
“Lots of people are excited and want to see the inside space and try all the dishes and drinks,” Stephanie Cobert, the director of marketing for the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, said.
The restaurant's food and drink menu is inspired by Oaxaca, a region of southern Mexico. The menu offers a range of dishes for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. The restaurant is catered towards families, as well as college students.
“The patio space is going to be very festive, and the inside is gorgeous and very 'Instagrammable,” Cobert said. “So we expect a lot of engagement on social media with it because they have so many places to take great photos.”
Ay Por Dios! is located at 431 W. Franklin St. and has an outside patio, as well as indoor seating. It is also available for small and large group event bookings.