Cutting from two cultures

Lindsay was once dubbed an All-American City and last week, a ribbon cutting was held illustrating its diverse cultures stirred into the melting pot of American society.

On Dec. 23, the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce held a joint ribbon cutting for two different businesses, with two distinct cultures that share the same building and shared their businesses with the same community.

The ribbon cuttings were held at 342 W. Hermosa St. in Lindsay for G1 Food and Liquor Mart and Primo’s Tacos. Javier Loya opened Primo’s Tacos on Oct. 10. Javier celebrated the occasion with 50 cent tacos.

“Business has been good,” he said. “So good I had to wait to have a ribbon cutting.”

Loya describes his nook restaurant as taco truck food without the remote location on the side of the road.

“I know at night, when I was growing up we wanted a place to get some tacos that we could afford,” he said in an interview earlier this year. “But people don’t want to go to a taco truck a mile outside of town where there are no street lights. That’s why I wanted to be close to the middle of town, where people feel safe and can come inside to eat.”

Tacos, burritors, tortas and quesadillas are all $5.50 or less and you can pick from selection of great seasoned meats including asada, cabeza, al pastor, lengua, chile verde or carnitas. Loya said al pastor is his personal favorite. For those not familiar, al pastor is pork marinated in dried chiles, spices and a secret ingredient that differs between cooks. Primo’s Tacos is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Primo’s Tacos is actually located in a sectioned off portion of the former Texaco Food Mart. The building and business was bought by Baljit Singh and his wife Mohinder Kaur. The couple has owned Sierra Express Mart at 508 S. Mirage Ave. for many years and on Dec. 4 officially became owners of the Hermosa gas station and food mart. Singh converted the gas station from Texaco to a G1 gas station.

“We felt this was a good move for us and the businesses are close together in town,” Singh said.

After getting their 50-cent Mexican tacos, many at the ribbon cutting went next door to try some milky Indian tea and desserts, known as Barfi and Rasgulla. While the name may not sound appetizing, Barfi is quite good. It is a sweet confectionary made with condensed milk and sugar with nuts added for texture. Rasgulla is a dumpling formed with cottage cheese and dough and cooked in a light syrup, as kind of dense donut hole.

G1 Food and Liquor Mart is located at 340 W. Hermosa St. in Lindsay. For more information, call 559-562-1439.is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Primo’s Tacos is actually located in a sectioned off portion of the former Texaco Food Mart. The building and business was bought by Baljit Singh and his wife Mohinder Kaur. The couple has owned Sierra Express Mart at 508 S. Mirage Ave. for many years and on Dec. 4 officially became owners of the Hermosa gas station and food mart. Singh converted the gas station from Texaco to a G1 gas station.

“We felt this was a good move for us and the businesses are close together in town,” Singh said.

After getting their 50-cent Mexican tacos, many at the ribbon cutting went next door to try some milky Indian tea and desserts, known as Barfi and Rasgulla. While the name may not sound appetizing, Barfi is quite good. It is a sweet confectionary made with condensed milk and sugar with nuts added for texture. Rasgulla is a dumpling formed with cottage cheese and dough and cooked in a light syrup, as kind of dense donut hole.

G1 Food and Liquor Mart is located at 340 W. Hermosa St. in Lindsay. For more information, call 559-562-1439.

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