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la sandrita ribbon cuttingLa Sandrita owners Junior Montoya and Sandra Rodriguez officially cut the ribbon on their food truck at 114 S. Kansas Avenue last week with family and friends and Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors looking on. Montoya said he is excited to serve the Liberal community the truck’s delicious snacks. L&T photo/Elly GrimmELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times

 

Food trucks are becoming more and more popular throughout the U.S. and recently, a new food truck in Liberal officially cut its ribbon. 

Last Tuesday, the Liberal Chamber of Commerce celebrated the ribbon-cutting of the La Sandrita food truck at 114 S. Kansas Avenue, which took place after being postponed several times. As co-owner Junior Montoya tells it, the truck has been a long time in the works. 

“We had a family member who was super encouraging and was really pushing for us to get this started,” Montoya said. “We're very thankful to God we've been able to finally get started, and we're very grateful to everyone here in Liberal who has been supporting us and everyone who continues to come and try all the snacks we have here. It was about three years ago when the idea came to us to do this and ever since then, we've been working really hard to make it happen. There have been a lot of ups and downs during this process, but we've just continued to push forward to make this a reality for us. From the community itself, we've gotten lots of great feedback from people in town and we're really excited about all that too. Overall, even with the ups and downs we’ve gone through, it's been fantastic, everything's been going well.”

Working with the customers, Montoya said, has been the best part. 

“It's great being able to see all the customers come in and try all the snacks we have, that's always fun,” Montoya said. “It's also great seeing the reactions from new customers because a lot of times, whatever it is they've ordered is something they've never tried before, and it's great seeing them light up when they realize their order is something delicious. We've also got some regular customers, and it's great seeing them and getting them their orders and talking to them. Everyone loves the tacos, they're the most popular so far. We have a lot of different dishes though, we want all the customers to be happy with their food. It's good food and the customers will love it, we use the perfect ingredients for everything we make. We have really fresh food, and people should really try everything.”

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The food truck’s ribbon-cutting saw many people turn out, and Montoya said the sight of so much support made him feel good. 

“We really appreciate all the support we saw at the ribbon-cutting, it was great seeing so many people there and knowing we had that level of support from Liberal already,” Montoya said. “Seeing that high level of support lets us feel like we're not alone, especially given everything that's happened as we've worked to get everything up and going. It was really cool seeing so many people here supporting us and what we do and our food.”

Montoya added there are already plans being thought about for the food truck’s future. 

“We're looking to be able to expand sometime in the future, that's one of our biggest goals. We want to get to the point where we can actually take the truck to some other places and share our food in some other towns,” Montoya said. “We also want to expand our menu, we want to offer more food for people to try, and we want to offer a wide variety of stuff for the community, and wanting to expand parts of our menu is part of our overall desire to expand what we want to do with this.”

And for those who want to try the food, Montoya said everyone is welcome.

“Just come and try us here, you won't regret trying one of our snacks. Everything is delicious and cooked with a lot of skill, and you definitely won't walk away hungry from our truck,” Montoya said. “Also, with everything on our menu, if there's a small change or two you want made to your order, we can do that without any problem. And if there's something not on our menu now that you would like to see, let us know and we will incorporate that in some way. Everyone is welcome and when you come here, we want you to feel welcome and we want you to know we are listening to you as far as what to serve.”

La Sandrita is open from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Montoya said he is excited to serve the Liberal community through the food truck. 

“We put our heart and soul into this truck, that’s for sure,” Montoya said. “We put so much hard work into this and we want to succeed. This whole thing means a lot to us, and we can’t wait to see a lot of customers. Just come and visit us, try some of our food, you definitely won't regret it because everything we serve here is super delicious. Again, it's good food and the customers will love it, we use the absolute best ingredients for everything we make here.”

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