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Tamale business gets ready for holiday rush

SAN ANTONIO – 'Tis the season for tamales, barbacoa and Big Red.

Alamo Molino has been making homemade tamales and barbacoa since the 1950s. It all started with one woman.

"My mother started on Nogalitos (Street)," former owner Henry Gomez said. "When she started her business, she named it Alamo Molino, for the city of San Antonio."

The location has since moved to 2600 Commercial Avenue and is now owned by Gomez's daughter and son-in-law, Marla and John Villela. Since they took over, three other locations have opened.

Alamo Molino sells about 120,000 tamales in different varieties during the holiday season.

"We have pork, bean, bean and cheese, chicken, chicken jalapeno, beef and beef jalapeno," John Villela said.

Orders have already started to come in for this year and can be made all the way up to the week of Christmas.

The Villelas said a huge part of their success is thanks to their employees, who they said are the best in San Antonio and are a part of their family.

They said their main goal during this busy time of year is keeping customers satisfied.

"All our customers our family. So we try to give everybody a great experience when they come in," Marla Villela said.

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