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New Mexican restaurant opens: Lucha's hopes to make a name for itself in a crowded marketplace
Lucha's Fonda, a new Mexican restaurant in downtown Colusa, held its grand opening on Friday, and according to owner Juan Zermeno, the eatery got more business than the owners expected.
"It was a little bit of a mess. They caught us a little bit by surprise. Art, who owns the building, did a better job of advertising the grand opening than we expected," Zermeno said on Monday.
"Some people may have waited a little too long, or may have gotten less than the quality food they expected, but we'd like them to come by and give us another chance," Zermeno said.
He and his wife, Luz, are from the Yuba-Sutter area. Zermeno is an engineer who also has a job working for the construction firm Vali Cooper & Associates out of Sacramento.
The Zermenos have two sons and a daughter. Their eldest son is going to Sacramento State, and their daughter graduated from Chico State. Their youngest son goes to Live Oak High School.
"If the restaurant works out, we may be moving here," Zermeno said.
He said that he will be in the restaurant on weekends, and his sons would occasionally help out, but his wife and his daughter would be the ones who regularly run it.
Zermeno realizes he has a lot of competition in Colusa when it comes to Mexican cuisine, but he thinks there is room for another restaurant like his.
"The location (on Fifth Street, where Gino's Steakhouse used to be) is pretty nice. The people that come in here are nice. I know Colusa is small, but there is always room for another restaurant.
"When I called the county Health Department, they said, 'Are you sure? There are seven other Mexican restaurants around here.' I said, it's happening."
According to Zermeno, Lucha's Fonda will be serving up traditional Mexican food. It is not going to be too different than the other restaurants in the area, but there will be some differences.
"The food here is a mix between (cuisine from) the state of Jalisco and Michocan. I was raised in Jalisco, and my wife is from Michocan.
"All of our food is homemade — tamales, chili rellenos ... The menu is small now, but as we go down the road, we will expand it a little as we find out what the community wants," Zermeno said. "Everything is good, but you've got to try the chile rellenos, the enchiladas, and the tamales. All of them are made here."
CONTACT reporter Brian Pearson at 713-9519.