Tamale Lady Opening Brick-and-Mortar in the Mission
Everyone's favorite late-night savoir, Virginia Ramos aka The Tamale Lady, is poised to open her own brick-and-mortar at 16th and Mission. Lauren Smiley and Mission Local have the scoop on the new location, which has been confirmed by Nate Albee, legislative aide to Supervisor David Campos. The city worked with Ramos to find a spot for her, according to Mission Local -- though it's unclear who put up the funds after a failed Indiegogo campaign to raise money. The exact details of her new tamale-peddling spot will likely be released at a press conference in January.
2013 was a rough year for the tamale lady, as Ramos was booted from Zeitgeist in June following a Health Department edict. Her tamales are made at home, not in a commercial kitchen, and without a catering permit -- thus weren't up to code for sale to the public. But Ramos continued to hit up favorite spots in the Mission and Lower Haight, and hopefully having her own commercial kitchen means that she'll continue to be a post-midnight saving grace for S.F. nightlife denizens for years to come.
[via Mission Local]