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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Aurelio Torres


Aurelio Torres was born in Raymondville, Texas, before moving as an infant with his family to Saltillo, Mexico. Torres and his family brought with them a long tradition of Sunday morning barbacoa when they moved to Austin, Texas, in 1988. He worked as a manager for a local Mexican food chain called Chuy’s before deciding that he should open his own place and serve his Saltillo-style tacos. So in 1990, Torres opened Mi Madre’s as a new Mexican restaurant on Austin’s east side. Today Mi Madre’s is a thriving business serving up Tex-Mex as well as traditional Mexican fare, including barbacoa.

Date of interview:
2007-11-08 00:00

Interviewer:
Marvin Bendele

Photographer:
Marvin Bendele

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