The familiar sight of Houstonians lining up at Alamo Tamale and Taco will come to an end in 2019. Last week, the restaurant began circulating a notice that it would close the location at 2310 Navigation Blvd. on January 1, 2020, according to media reports.
"As many of you know, the east side of downtown has been under renovation for a few years now. They have finally reached Navigation & Canal St, where we are," the notice reads. "After contemplating selling for a long time, we have finally made the decision to do so. It was a hard decision after being at this location since the 1980s. But places, and things, change, and time marches on."
Thankfully, the closure of the Navigation location is not the end of the road for Alamo Tamale, but diners whose holidays require their products will have to drive a little farther to obtain them. The restaurant maintains a second location in north Houston at 809 Berry Rd. As the flyer notes, this outpost offers several advantages over the Navigation store, including more parking, air conditioning, and banquet facilities.
That's good news, because Alamo's hand-rolled pork, beef, chicken, and other tamales are worth a little effort to obtain. If the media needs the visual of people lining up for a holiday food tradition, there's always Flying Saucer Pie Company.