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    Post #1 - August 24th, 2020, 2:40 pm
    Post #1 - August 24th, 2020, 2:40 pm Post #1 - August 24th, 2020, 2:40 pm
    In another thread Dave148 wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:
    Claudio Velez, Chicago’s beloved “Tamale Guy,” is opening his first brick-and-mortar restaurant — and it’s in Ukrainian Village. The restaurant at 2018 W. Chicago Ave. could open in August, said Pierre Vega, Velez’s business partner.

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/07/23 ... estaurant/

    If there were ever a reason to get drunk immediately, this is it! :lol: 8)

    =R=

    The Secret Origin of Chicago’s Tamale Guy. Claudio Velez speaks about his new restaurant, which opens Thursday

    https://chicago.eater.com/2020/8/12/213 ... udio-velez

    The story's been told over and over (see links above for a start) and the restaurant has been open over a week now. Last Saturday at noon, two hours after opening, they were close to selling out. Not Chicago's best tamales, but very tasty. I couldn't be happier for Claudio and everyone involved.

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    Tamale Guy Chicago
    2018 W Chicago Av
    Chicago
    https://www.tamaleguychicago.com/
    Wed-Fri 11-6:30; Sat-Sun 10-5
  • Post #2 - August 29th, 2020, 9:26 am
    Post #2 - August 29th, 2020, 9:26 am Post #2 - August 29th, 2020, 9:26 am
    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but a WTTW reporter shared a post from the restaurant stating the following (not quoting word for word, it was an image so I couldn't copy and paste the text, otherwise I would):
    - Claudio had Covid symptoms, was away from work awaiting results while waiting for results, which came back positive;
    - Condition deteriorated to the point of being in an ICU on a ventilator, but is now improving on a positive trend;
    - There will be an unknown amount of medical debt, with a donation fund set up already;
    - Restaurant is closed temporarily until further notice, but not permanently.
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/bn7n82-claudios-medical-expenses?utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link
    *The image I saw was an instagram post, but that doesn't appear to still be up, it's just on the Go Fund Me page.
  • Post #3 - August 29th, 2020, 9:31 am
    Post #3 - August 29th, 2020, 9:31 am Post #3 - August 29th, 2020, 9:31 am
    Rene G wrote:The story's been told over and over (see links above for a start) and the restaurant has been open over a week now.

    Tamale Guy Claudio Velez Hospitalized After Positive COVID-19 Test

    The restaurant, which opened earlier this month, is now temporarily closed

    Another kick in the ol' rucksack
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #4 - September 4th, 2020, 12:18 pm
    Post #4 - September 4th, 2020, 12:18 pm Post #4 - September 4th, 2020, 12:18 pm
    Chicago ‘Tamale Guy’ Claudio Velez’s COVID-19 condition is improving, family says his restaurant will reopen soon

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavi ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #5 - September 8th, 2020, 6:20 pm
    Post #5 - September 8th, 2020, 6:20 pm Post #5 - September 8th, 2020, 6:20 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    Chicago ‘Tamale Guy’ Claudio Velez’s COVID-19 condition is improving, family says his restaurant will reopen soon

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavi ... story.html

    Tamale Guy’s Restaurant to Reopen Wednesday as Claudio Velez Remains Hospitalized

    https://chicago.eater.com/2020/9/8/2142 ... ant-reopen
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #6 - October 1st, 2020, 2:20 pm
    Post #6 - October 1st, 2020, 2:20 pm Post #6 - October 1st, 2020, 2:20 pm
    Chicago ‘Tamale Guy’ Claudio Velez discharged from hospital after more than a month due to COVID-19

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavi ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #7 - October 9th, 2020, 2:57 pm
    Post #7 - October 9th, 2020, 2:57 pm Post #7 - October 9th, 2020, 2:57 pm
    I'd like to report that I recently had Claudio's tamales and they are as good as they ever were. Pork and Chicken both tasted delicious. Delivery is quick and easy, too. It's great having these things in the fridge being home more... :).

    I wish them many more years of success.
    "People are too busy in these times to care about good food. We used to spend months working over a bonne-femme sauce, trying to determine just the right proportions of paprika and fresh forest mushrooms to use." -Karoly Gundel, Blue Trout and Black Truffles: The Peregrinations of an Epicure, Joseph Wechsberg, 1954.
  • Post #8 - March 18th, 2021, 11:22 am
    Post #8 - March 18th, 2021, 11:22 am Post #8 - March 18th, 2021, 11:22 am
    He’s suing his partners = https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... utType=amp
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #9 - March 19th, 2021, 9:40 am
    Post #9 - March 19th, 2021, 9:40 am Post #9 - March 19th, 2021, 9:40 am
    Dave148 wrote:He’s suing his partners = https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... utType=amp

    Wow, from a feel good story to a nightmare.
  • Post #10 - March 26th, 2021, 3:28 pm
    Post #10 - March 26th, 2021, 3:28 pm Post #10 - March 26th, 2021, 3:28 pm
    Yesterday the Chicago Trib had a survey about take out. They listed places that are doing take out in several categories, and they want people to vote on their favorite places. One of the categories is newly opened restaurants, and one of the restaurants that is being nominated in that category is Tamale Guy.
  • Post #11 - May 17th, 2021, 6:31 pm
    Post #11 - May 17th, 2021, 6:31 pm Post #11 - May 17th, 2021, 6:31 pm
    Tamale Guy Sidelined as Chicago’s Bars Roar Once More.
    https://chicago.eater.com/2021/5/17/224 ... ws-critics
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #12 - May 17th, 2021, 10:59 pm
    Post #12 - May 17th, 2021, 10:59 pm Post #12 - May 17th, 2021, 10:59 pm
    It's ironic that the wife of the couple who used to be his business partners, started a gofundme page for him when Carlos came down with COVID. She raised $54,000 to go towards his medical expenses.
  • Post #13 - July 8th, 2021, 2:05 pm
    Post #13 - July 8th, 2021, 2:05 pm Post #13 - July 8th, 2021, 2:05 pm
    Tamale Guy returns: Claudio Velez to take over West Loop bar kitchen.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard

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