Yreka Truck Stop is up and running, offers Chinese, Indian food
By Bill Choy
YREKA – After months of work and planning, the Yreka Truck Stop opened behind the Holiday Inn Express just off of Interstate 5.
The truck stop includes a liquor store and a food court with Indian and Chinese food. Yreka Punjabi Dhaba is already open and Manchu Wok should be open in a few weeks. There are also a number of gas pumps for both regular travelers and truckers, as well as a convenience store.
Aman Dhillon, a co-owner of the business and the Holiday Inn Express, said the local response has been overwhelmingly positive.
She estimated that 80 percent of their customers have been locals so far and are the key reason why things have gone well.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a lot fewer customers than expected stopping by from out of the area, Dhillon said. She’s hopeful this will change once the word gets out, and the pandemic situation improves.
Dhillon said it’s been nice to see regular customers come in so she can get to know them.
Dhillon added they have received great support from the City of Yreka.
Dhillon said one of the goals is for the business to be “a one-stop-shop for the everyday traveler.” She said she and her business partners saw a need for a truck stop like this in the region. They wanted to provide a place to get good food right off the highway.
Authentic cuisine offered at Punjabi Dhaba include butter chicken and chicken masala and a variety of other dishes like coconut chicken curry. The meat dishes can also be served with lamb or goat. There are a number of vegetarian specialties offered, such as palak paneer, mixed vegetable korma, naan and roti bread.
The truck stop will be open 24-hours a day, with the liquor store closed from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Both the Indian and Chinese restaurants are open 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
To accommodate truck drivers and other travelers, people can in call their orders in advance. If they arrive after the eateries close, the food will be kept for them in a food warmer.
Dhillon said the truck stop has additional space to expand and they’re considering opening another restaurant.
The Truck Stop is located at 787 Montague Road and can be reached at (530) 200-8954. More information can be found on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/YrekaTruckStop/ or at https://www.loc8nearme.com/california/yreka/yreka-truck-stop/5907978/