Audrey Selley


Owners Jose Ramirez and Laurena Ibarra and business partner Miguel Cuevas are preparing for the opening of Que Chula, which they hope will open by April. Photo courtesy of Jose Ramirez.

Mexican food with a familiar twist will replace Hops on Franklin St.

Que Chula’s menu will focus on authentic Mexican dishes inspired from Central Mexican regions like Guanajuato and Jalisco. José Ramirez and Laurena Ibarra, two of the co-founders, both have family roots in Jalisco. “I think Chapel Hill is ready for something really authentic,” Ramirez said. “It’ll be something you haven't tried unless you traveled outside of the U.S. to Guanajuato or Jalisco.” Ramirez said the owners are currently waiting for custom furniture to come in from Mexico. He said they will start hiring employees in about two weeks.

Carlos Ramirez is taking over as principal of Cedar Ridge High School this week. Photo courtesy of Orange County Schools.

Meet the new principal of Cedar Ridge High School

“I would love to see an articulated program that runs from elementary, to middle, to high school,” Ramirez said. “I’ve seen it in action when I worked as an educator in Texas, and it’s quite a powerful thing to get students as young as fifth graders started on the IB track.”