Raleigh, N.C. — A Mayan-inspired restaurant is moving into downtown Raleigh.
Tulum Restaurante and Bar will be located at 411 Fayetteville St. in the Duke Energy building. It's in the former home of San Lorenzo Bistro.
Owner Alfredo Lara went to college in Cancun and was inspired by the food and culture there. When he returned to Raleigh, he and several friends partnered to open Mi Cancun, which has locations in Morrisville and north Raleigh. That restaurant focuses more on the Mexican side of Cancun cuisine.
For Tulum, Lara is striking out on his own, with a vision to focus on traditional Mayan dishes, including Papadzules (which are similar to enchilladas).
"The main goal is to just do what Cancun does. I love the place itself. I love the people," Lara said Wednesday.
If successful, Lara said he would love to see Tulum help provide support for communities in Mexico
Tulum is hoping to open by the end of the year.