Two weeks ago, we reported that Zona's Tamales, the blue and orange mainstay at 713 East 26th Avenue that's inhabited a Five Points corner for forty years, would close on October 15, sending 85-year-old Zona Moore into retirement after she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of theft by receiving for buying and selling stolen cigarettes.
On Sunday, Moore's family and friends threw her a birthday and retirement party at Cervantes', 2637 Welton Street. And today or tomorrow, she'll shut her doors for good, a couple of days earlier than anticipated.
"Today's supposed to be the last day," her grandson says, "but we'll probably be open tomorrow, until the food runs out."
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So if you're craving a pig's ear sandwich or soul food done the Zona's Tamales way, this really is your last chance.