A staple in the Mission long before "yay, the Mission" turned into "oy, the Mission," the Tamale Lady will, at last, get her very own brick-and-mortar business. Lauren Smiley of Mission Local has the big details: "She is working out the lease details for a brick-and-mortar storefront near 16th and Mission."
District Supervisor David Campos, it seems, helped her find a place. So his name will be all over it, at least in spirit.
This year was not a good one for the Tamale Lady (née Virginia Ramos). In June, if you recall, Zeitgeist temporarily nixed her from selling her homemade tamales at the popular bar. Then she had an Indiegogo fundraising campaign that fizzled out.
As for the location? Who knows. Maybe she'll be the one to finally take down that Burger King on 16th near Walgreens. That would be swell. But again, who knows. According to Anna Roth at SF Weekly, "The exact details of her new tamale-peddling spot will likely be released at a press conference in January."
Until then, look for Ramos around the Mission at your favorite watering hole.
Update: Tossing a bit of shade at Mission Local, Inside Scoop notes: "[T]o be completely accurate, she is still in the paperwork phase for a lease near the corner of 16th and Mission. Ramos says she is in the middle of finalizing the 'contract and stuff' with the building’s manager, and as soon as they finish it, they’ll start on a very quick remodel and paint job to make the space — a former Central American restaurant, she says — her own."
Inside Scoop also talked to Ramos all about it.