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PHOTOS: After 34 Years, Austin's Tamale House Closes

Customers lined up today for their last taste of tacos from Tamale House #3 on Airport Boulevard. Owner Robert "Bobby" Vasquez died last week, and the restaurant announced on Facebook it would close the location after 36 years. Tamale House East on East 6th St. will remain open.

"Everybody misses the place," said Connie Salazar, the long-time companion of Vasquez. "I'm going to miss him too."

From 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, people filed through the doors and posted images of their food to Twitter and Instagram. KEYE-TV reporter Alex Boyer said the last taco served was chorizo and egg.

All the proceeds of sales today and yesterday were donated to Tamale House employees, the restaurant said. Owners requested a minimum donation of $5.

Check our slideshow above from the last day of service at Tamale House #3.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.