Pedro Cortez purchases La Jamaica No. 5, a three-table café in the heart of El Mercado for $150.
Pedro installs an air conditioning system in the café and advertises it on all his windows.
Pedro purchases the Toyo Café and renames it Mi Tierra Café.
Pedro buys the property next to Mi Tierra and adds a bakery.
Pedro and Cruz buy the entire block of El Mercado.
The Federal Urban Renewal Agency comes sweeping through the west end of downtown.
Pedro becomes a strong activist for Market Square and the community.
Pedro closes Jamaica No. 5 and works hard on reviving and repositioning Mi Tierra to maximize its full potential.
Market Square undergoes a major multi-million-dollar renovation.
Pedro and Cruz open a second restaurant, La Carreta Mexican Steakhouse.
Pedro is recognized by the National Economic Development Association for the instrumental role he played in the revitalization of Market Square.
The Cortez Family opens La Margarita Restaurant and Oyster Bar, offering “Sizzling Fajitas” and seafood.
The family is deeply saddened by Pedro’s untimely death.
Mi Tierra Café y Panadería’ s newest addition, the Mariachi Bar, opens in the space next to Mi Tierra.
The Cortez Family hires artist Jesus Garza to create an indoor floor to ceiling fresco on the walls of Mi Tierra that commemorates Mexican culture and history.
La Carreta is remodeled and rebranded to Restaurant Pico de Gallo.
Mi Tierra proudly completes a $750,000 renovation on its kitchen without closing the restaurant for even an hour.
Pedro Cortez is inducted into the San Antonio Business Hall of Fame.
The Senate of the State of Texas recognizes Pedro and Cruz Cortez as exemplary citizens of their city and the state of Texas.
Pedro and Cruz receive the Henry Guerra Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists (SAAHJ).
Pedro is posthumously honored as the recipient of the National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian Award.
The Ecumenical Center for Education Counseling Health honors La Familia Cortez with the San Antonio Ethics in Business Award.
The Cortez Family is honored by the Mexican American Unity Council, Inc. with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
La Familia Cortez is honored at the 9th Annual American Sunrise Gala.
La Familia Cortez opens its latest concept, Viva Villa Taquería, under the management of Chef Cariño Cortez, Pedro’s granddaughter.
La Familia Cortez receives the Exitos en Nuestro Barrio Business Award from The Westside Development Corporation.
La Familia Cortez marks its 75th Anniversary.
The Mural was created by Jorge Cortez to honor the founders of Mi Tierra, Pedro and Cruz Cortez. This mural serves as a testament to the success achieved by Don Pedro Cortez through hard work and determination, the “American Dream”, and thus the name of our Mural.
Throughout the years the mural has grown, both in size and popularity. What began as a memorial to our founders has since become one of the biggest attractions in our restaurant, drawing visitors from around the world to this famous landmark.
Today, the American Dream mural is a celebration to the achievements and success of Hispanic leaders in our community.
Place Your Cursor Over The Mural To See Who's Who
Mexican-American Singer and Actress
Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Musician
Dr. Carlos Orozco
Judge Juan F. Vasquez
Judge of the United States Tax Court
Former President of The University of Texas at San Antonio
Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez
Politician & Businessman
Congressman Joaquín Castro
Secretary Julian Castro
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Heriberto "Berto" Guerra, Jr.
Labor and Civil Rights Activist
Civil Rights, Latino and Farm Labor Leader
William C. Velásquez
Founder of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Projec
Leticia Van de Putte
Artist and Marketing Consultant
Mi Tierra Manager
Esperanza "Hope " Andrade
Congressman Frank M. Tejada
Master Sgt. Raul Perez Roy Benavidez
United States Army Special Forces
Dr. Ellen Riojas-Clark
Businessman, Entrepreneur, and Community Leader
Founder of Operational Technologies Corporation
Beatrice "Bibi" Peña
Mi Tierra's First Cashier
Founder of The Little Red Barn Stakehouse
Dr. Gloria Rodriguez
Ruben Mungia, Sr.
Jose Luis Villagomez
Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board
Archbishop Patrick Flores
First Mexican American to become bishop of the Catholic Church
Father Virgilio Elizondo
Mexican American Roman Catholic Priest and Community Activist
Pedro and Cruz Cortez
Founders of Mi Tierra
Actor and Singer
Anchor of "What Would You Do?"
Henry Muñoz III,
Entrepeneur, Award-Winning Designer, Cultural Activist, and Well-Respected Philanthropist
Founder of Rosemary's Catering
Second Generation Restaurateur and Leader of the Texas Foodservice Industry
Francisco I. Madero
Organized the Anti-Reelectionist Party
Mexican Revolutionary and Advocate of Agrarianism
Mexican Civil War Leader
Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier
Leader in Education
Leonardo "Flaco" Jiménez
Chef Raúl Salazar
Ricardo G. Cedillo
Co-Founder of Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza, INC.
Third Generation Restaurateur
Raúl A. Almaguer
Rosita Fernandez's Husband
Juan Ortiz, Campanas de America
Musical Director and Manager to Campanas de America
Selena Quintanilla Perez
Francisco Villalobos, Jr.
Edward James Olmos
American Writer and poet
José María Morelos
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
Mexican Catholic Priest
Freddy and Ninfa Garcia
Victory Outreach Ministry
President of Meixo (1861-1872)
Kenneth Lee "Ken" Salazar
Former Secretary of the Interior
Master Sergeant Cleto Rodriguez
Francisco I. Madero
Francisco Villalobos, Sr.
Restaurant Owner and Businessman
Willie "El Curro" Champion
Dr. Tomas Ybarra-Frausto
President of Duran Duran Industries and Publisher of La Prensa de San Antonio
Commissioner Paul Elizondo
Dr. José San Martín
Dr. Hugo Castañeda
Artist Non Grata