Local Bites Will Feature Indian Cuisine in April

FRESNO – Mayor Swearengin will be dining at Taj of India, 4368 West Shaw, on Wednesday, April 18, as part of the Local Bites initiative. Residents are encouraged to join Mayor Swearengin and Taste Fresno starting at 6 p.m. to enjoy one of Fresno’s best Indian restaurants.

Balwant Singh, the owner of Taj of India, and his family moved to Fresno in 2009, after owning and operating a similar restaurant in Denver for five years. Their decision to move to Fresno was based on the opportunity to own a larger a restaurant and to have access to a larger Indian community.

“Our family has enjoyed our time in Fresno,” said Kim Singh, the daughter and one of the four full-time employees at Taj of India. “We have found that even though we are one of the newest Indian restaurants in Fresno, many having been here for 15 to 20 years, Fresno is a welcoming place to do business.”

The “Local Bites” initiative, now in its eleventh month, was launched at the State of the City in 2011 by Mayor Swearengin in partnership with Taste Fresno to demonstrate how easy it is for all Fresno residents to help support our local economy.

“Local Bites is a fun and easy way Fresno residents can help support our local economy,” Mayor Swearengin said. “You can either join us or make a commitment to dine at a locally owned restaurant of your choice once a month. If every Fresno consumer shifted just 10% of their spending to local businesses for one year, more than 2,000 new jobs would be created in Fresno, and more than $200 million in increased economic activity would be generated.”

Local Bites will be traveling to Pismo’s Coastal Grill in northeast Fresno on May 16 and Pinot Wine Bar and Grill in the Tower District on June 5.

For a great list of locally owned restaurants, see the City of Fresno’s Local Business Directory or go to www.FresnoLocalBiz.com.