Casa de Tamales, which plans to take over the former Charlotte's BakerEatery at 609 E. Olive Ave., posted this photo on Facebook Tuesday.

Casa de Tamales, which plans to take over the former Charlotte’s BakerEatery at 609 E. Olive Ave., posted this photo on Facebook Tuesday.

Casa de Tamales is taking over the former Charlotte’s BakerEatery in the Tower District. They plan to open sometime after July 4. The Fresno-based maker of tamales will sell its tamales there — both traditional and modern ones such as the vegan spinach and artichoke tamales. They will also bring the line of tapas they’ve been selling at Gazebo Gardens and other places that includes tortas, fish tacos and other light meals. The spot will also serve beer and wine. This is technically a move and the original Casa de Tamales location on West Shaw Avenue will close in a few weeks.

When Charlotte’s closed about a month ago, its owner and the owner of Dusty Buns both said Dusty Buns was going to take over the space. Obviously, that didn’t happen. (It’s not clear why yet. I’ll let you know when I find out more. Jose Aguilar of Casa de Tamales said they saw for the rent sign and signed a deal within a matter of days.)

Casa de Tamales is also getting closer to opening in the T.W. Patterson building on Fulton Mall at Tulare Avenue. That one is scheduled to open in late July, maybe early August, and will also carry tamales, tapas, beer and wine. And, the company is experimenting with limited lunchtime hours at what it calls “Tamale Central,” the former Organic Fresno space that is now the hub of tamale making. Stay tuned for more on that.

Bethany Clough

Bethany Clough

Bethany Clough has the most fun job at the Bee. She writes about restaurants, shopping and has the low-down on local businesses. In case you're wondering, her last name is pronounced "Cluff."
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