Bruno Mancha

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Bruno Mancha (born in Gómez Palacio, Mexico) was a former stable boy and miner who came to Birmingham in the mid-1920s. Mancha had lost an arm in a previous injury. He came to Alabama after marrying a Georgia native.

Mancha and a partner started a tamale-making business in 1929, selling them from pushcarts. The operation expanded to 10 or so carts, with several woman and Mancha's children helping prepare and roll them. In 1947 Mancha's business was located at 410 25th Street North.

In 1963 Bruno's son John opened Mancha's restaurant in the Shepherd-Sloss Building on 20th Street South.


  • Velasco, Eric (November 29, 2009) "With turkey past, once again it's time for holiday tamales." The Birmingham News