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Photo Gallery: La Familia Cortez Marks 75 Years of Business

“I call upon the Lord so that He can bless abundantly every member of the Cortez family,” said Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, who kicked off the evening with a prayer. “May the Holy Spirit be in them, the spirit of love, as they continue their mission of hospitality and service.”

About 2,000 people came to experience the occasion with the Cortez family, whose patriarch, the late Pedro Cortez, opened the iconic San Antonio restaurant Mi Tierra in 1951 and helped preserve Market Square as a place representative of Mexican cultura. In the face of urban renewal, Pedro helped El Mercado – which reminded him of his home in Guadalajara, Mexico – survive.

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