Austin
6:07 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Matt's El Rancho Co-Founder Dies

The co-founder of one of the oldest restaurants in Austin died over the weekend. Janie Martinez helped her husband open Matt’s El Rancho in 1952.

Martinez died Saturday at the age of 90. Her death comes almost a year after the Tex-Mex restaurant celebrated its 60th anniversary. Matt himself died in 2003.

In July of last year, Martinez spoke with KUT's Joy Diaz about the origins of the famous Austin restaurant:

"What we were, in our hearts and in our minds, trying to do was the best Mexican, tasty food in Austin. Like my husband told me, 'don't worry about recipes, just cook like you're doing at home.' I said, 'well that's easy!"

The story as it aired on KUT 90.5 FM.