NATURAL BRIDGE — Sgt. Fatima Baculima came to the United States with nothing, not thinking she would become an award-winning soldier and owner of a Mexican restaurant everyone around Fort Drum is talking about.
Ms. Baculima and her husband, Jose Lazcares, opened El Gran Patron in downtown Natural Bridge about a month ago. They transport Mexican products from New York City and offer authentic flavors three days a week. Ms. Baculima is simultaneously a full-time sergeant on Fort Drum. The restaurant is so popular that they often run out of product by the end of the third day they are