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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.