Sergeant of Fort Drum opens a Mexican restaurant in Natural Bridge | Company

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NATURAL BRIDGE — Sgt. Fatima Baculima arrived in the United States with nothing, not thinking she would become an award-winning soldier and owner of the much-talked-about Mexican restaurant around Fort Drum.

Ms. Baculima and her husband, Jose Lazcares, opened El Gran Patron in downtown Natural Bridge about a month ago. They ship Mexican produce from New York and offer authentic flavors three days a week. Ms. Baculima is concurrently a full-time sergeant at Fort Drum. The restaurant is so popular that it often runs out of produce by the end of the third day of operation each week.






Fatima Baculima, co-owner of El Gran Patron, 44005 Route 3 in Natural Bridge, sits in the restaurant Saturday morning. Kara Dry / Watertown daily schedules










A couple brings the flavors of Mexico to a new restaurant in Natural Bridge

Jose Lazcares cooks queso birria tacos on Saturday at El Gran Patron, 44005 Route 3 in Natural Bridge. Kara Dry / Watertown daily schedules










A couple brings the flavors of Mexico to a new restaurant in Natural Bridge

Queso Birria Tacos at El Gran Patron. Kara Dry / Watertown daily schedules










A couple brings the flavors of Mexico to a new restaurant in Natural Bridge

Fatima Baculima, with her daughter, Emily, in the dining room at El Gran Patron at Natural Bridge. Kara Dry / Watertown daily schedules










A couple brings the flavors of Mexico to a new restaurant in Natural Bridge

Jose Lazcares cooks queso birria tacos Saturday morning at El Gran Patron, 44005 Route 3 in Natural Bridge. Kara Dry / Watertown daily schedules




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