By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Tamale Boy, which has served authentic Mexican street food from a truck for the past three years, plans a grand opening for a brick-and-mortar restaurant on March 14.
The new Tamale Boy, still using family recipes, will be at 1764 N.E. Dekum St., in the up-and-coming Woodlawn neighborhood, said owner Jaime Soltero Jr. With a large patio, it will have indoor and outdoor seating for 184 customers and a quick ordering window.
The restaurant will have a full bar and an expanded menu for relaxed meals, tapas and happy hours around cozy fire pits.
Tamale Boy’s gluten-free, dairy-free and GMO-free tamales bring farm to table with locally sourced ingredients, Soltero said. The tamales are still made by Tia Mari, he said.
“The new restaurant is a place where we can make the tamales and be a consistent location for customers to find us,” Soltero said. However, the truck will still be circulating around town, he added.
The new property was designed by Skylab Architecture of Portland. It includes a mural, depicting the Mayan goddess Mayahuel, designed by Steven Lopez of Los Angeles.
The tamales were voted “Best Dish of the Year 2012” by Yelp. The new menu includes Oaxaquenos and nortenos (banana leaf and corn husk-wrapped) tamales. Visit online at www.tamaleboy.com.