Sad Times: Tamale Lady Evicted from Zeitgeist

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The Tamale Lady was a staple of the Zeitgeist scene
Virginia Ramos, aka the Tamale Lady, is an institution, wheeling her chest of treats wrapped in steamed corn husks. The cheer at the Eagle beer bust when she rolls up around six to feed the burly dudes who've downed eight beers in three hours resembles a war whoop, which is maybe why she's having her 60th birthday there on June 21. There was talk of an app for tracking her down. If there were an S.F. Mount Rushmore, the Tamale Lady would be Teddy Roosevelt.

Except she got kicked out of Zeitgeist, Uptown Almanac reported this morning. Through no fault of her own. Because we live in a dystopia that hates queso y pollo.

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Technically, it is illegal for outside vendors to sell food at a food-and-drink establishment, even if the owner OK's it. But as with jaywalking or dumping biodegradable scraps in your black bin, enforcement has been, shall we say, selective, and the Tamale Lady has mostly operated under the radar until now. We'll see if other joints crack down on her.

The irony of getting the boot from Zeitgeist is not lost on us. She may well have been ejected for health code reasons, but the punk rock bar where Obeying the Rules is paramount could have also given her the heave-ho for standing on a bench, taking a selfie, receiving an unopened bottle of something as a gift from a fan, etc., etc.

A Facebook post from Zeitgeist this morning said that the eviction was "forced on us by SF city codes and regulations."

In the meantime, contact your supervisor to get this outdated legal relic repealed!

[via Uptown Almanac]

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Afab Matty
Afab Matty

It only takes 1 douchbag to ruin it for everyone.  No doubt some weekender "tweeb" was put-off by the magic that is the "Tamale Lady" and called someone to whine...then the selective enforcement rears it's fugly head.  Shame on you- insignificant turd...SHAME!  And- ..uh, TWAT, Protest Authority, Heroes at Gunpoint and United Defiance are playing tomorrow night (6/21) at Eli's Mile High in Oakland.  It's 1.5 blocks from MacArthur BART- (PSA)- don't get f**ked up and drive. 

rishi.satsangi
rishi.satsangi

Sometimes this kind of stuff reminds me of the town full of idiots known as Springfield, USA

jpwallace
jpwallace

Everyone knows the Tamale Lady...   I understand the "permit" issues but she's part of the community.  Just another thing that keeps SF separate from the Anytowns, USA we are surrounded by.  Not to mention they are delicious!  She or somebody will find a loop hole for her.  In the meantime, this isn't her only location.

I'm still trying to understand some of the contents of the terminology of the article.  ""Evicted" ???

Jaime Cole
Jaime Cole

I hope not! A staple in SF community!

Arlana Murphy
Arlana Murphy

The comments on The Zeitgeist's post about the "eviction" are hilarious!

Stan James
Stan James

Low quality meat in those things...

Stacy Short
Stacy Short

Kickstarter to help the Tamale Lady's business go legit? Get it started Internet people.

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