Who doesn’t remember the old saying that goes: “Need sharpens ingenuity,” and this exactly is the story of Salvador De La Torre, who along with his family, works day and night with excellence to reach his dreams. The story begins on the morning of April 8, 1996, in a small corner of Mexico called Turitzio, in the state of Michoacán. A family father abandons his home to head for an uncertain future.
His destiny was “North,” a road that day to day millions of immigrants risk their lives for with the only hope of achieving a better future for their families. Salvador, his eyes full of tears, relates his story.“That morning I didn’t want to wake up my daughters, and I only said goodbye to my wife very quickly, I didn’t want to slow down for a second because I knew deep down that if I did, I wouldn’t have the strength needed to go on … Upon arriving at the door of my house that led to the street, I stopped and said, ‘God, bless me, I’m not coming back;’ I’m going to look for a better future for my family.” That’s how he did it; he arrived to the north, where he overcame innumerable obstacles, but always maintaining his perseverance, tenacity and hard work.
De la Torre had his first job at a restaurant, where he started washing dishes, as many who first arrive here. However, deep in his heart he knew it’d only be for a short time. He continued to climb with serious difficulties, always playing deaf to what his friends and superiors told him. “You’ll never reach higher positions in this restaurant.” The talk was that he was illegal, that he didn’t speak English, and that the positions he wanted, were out of his reach. However, he never let down.
Every rock that was in his path, with effort and tenacity, he managed to achieve, and later he was offered some different positions. With all the culinary experience he acquired while at work, some of his savings from his own pocket, but above all with the desire to manage his own business, Today, Salvador de la Torre is the owner of the prestigious restaurant, Fronteras. Proud of the realization of his goals, he said “My dream doesn’t end here, I’m going for more,” and he’s doing so. De la Torre continues to work as chef in the kitchen of his own business; he inspects all the dishes and teaches his employees to give their best in terms of quality and service. His goal is to elevate the rich tradition of Mexican cuisine.
The menu he offers is thoroughly original, he relies on many great exquisite dishes and sauces – all of them a secret recipe of Salvador. Fronteras Mexican Restaurant has received recognition from the Governor of the State of Kansas. “as the best of the best” (published at the Kansas City Star)*, as well as the American community, which is a loyal clientele, which lured by the excellent Dishes and service that are offered every day, visit this place despite the long lines that they have to go through before savoring the dishes. Salvador De La Torre said, “Without the support of my family, I would’ve never been able to achieve anything. At times I felt everything crashing down, but my wife and my kids gave me the strength to move on.
They always told me, “Don’t give up, we can work and if it all comes down we can go on. Just don’t give up.” De la Torre is happily married to Bertha Cortez and is father of Salvador, Nicolas & twins Elsa and Alia, who work hard along with their parents in this family business. Finally the only thing left to say is what’s left in the hearts of that little corner whose name is “Turitzio,” where people are born with set goals and perseverance like Salvador De La Torre. This is only a small demonstration that in Turitzio, Michoacán, there is wood to cut from. Congratulations on the achievements of this successful family.
*Kansas City Star, Saturday, April 7, 2007, By Hill Serstronm.