Tamale Lady Opening Brick-and-Mortar in the Mission

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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.

See also: Tamale Lady Booted From Zeitgeist
The Tamale Lady Strikes Back
Tamale Lady Is Fundraising to Open Her Own Restaurant

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]

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deelishn73
deelishn73

Mark my words...this will be a total flop.  There is much more to running a restaurant than peddling around an ice chest and garbage sacks full of tamales.  I don't really think that many people are going to be rushing over to patronize her business because the majority of her customers were/are people already 3 sheets to the wind and looking for a quick bite to eat.  Besides...her tamales are not really that great.

Hiram Rodriguez
Hiram Rodriguez

Señora Ramos in the Mission? Seriously? isn't it slowly but surely becoming a non-ethnic boring neighborhood? I'm thinking a Melt will be a better fit for the new residents.

Ted Prado
Ted Prado

The good thing on her opening her own spot, I can now order them by the dozen!

Erick Moore
Erick Moore

i love the "Tamale Lady"! glad 2 hear such great news! can't

Heather Madison
Heather Madison

I love Virginia and her tamales! I know from personal experience, when I worked at a non-profit on Po Hill, that what she does is a labor of love and she just wants to be everyone's mom...

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