The Tamale Spaceship has finally touched down into a storefront on Damen Avenue. Roaming Chicago streets since 2011, the cult favorite lucha libre-themed food truck finally soft-opened its Wicker Park restaurant, Tamale Station, bringing an expanded Mexican menu and wrestling theater murals to a brick-and-mortar location six days a week.
"It's kind of unreal (to have a storefront)," owner Manny Hernandez said. "We're grateful we found a spot in this area."
The menu—painted on wooden wrestling masks inside—now features four types of tacos alongside nine varieties of their signature tamales, salads, and a few other assorted items. There's Mexican Coke and Jarritos sodas to drink.
The space seats 12 indoors at two counters and 24 at tables on a side patio. It's closed Mondays, open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and until 10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Murals of assorted lucha libre characters in various poses adorn the walls and banners out front.
While Tamale Spaceship is a fun-loving concept, Hernandez says the food comes first. "We put our heart and soul in what we do...we take it very seriously." Now Chicagoans can eat his food at the same place six days a week.
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