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Striving Helped Establish San Antonio Restaurant Icon

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The walls of San Antonio’s iconic Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery are cemented by the mortar of sacrifice, trust and an old-world work ethic that never dies.

The glow of candlelit, home-style altars for past workers and Cortez family members greets customers at the entrance, symbolic of the common refrain heard from longtime employees: Mi Tierra is their second home. It all started in 1941, when Pedro Cortez and his wife, Cruz, bought a little three-table cafe at the San Antonio farmers market. Today, Mi Tierra seats 650 people in a vast space that has seen countless quinceaneras and graduations celebrated, much political campaigning and a little skullduggery, visiting celebrities galore and an endless stream of tourists from around the world.

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