Photography by Danny Fulgencio
Mariel and Marco Street’s dad always told them not to go into the restaurant business.

Gene Street Sr. was immensely successful in business but married and divorced four times in the course of starting and running food-and-beverage empires, including the Black Eyed Pea, Good Eats and Consolidated Restaurant Cos., which owns El Chico, among other brands.

So the two middle Street children went their own ways. Mariel joined the Peace Corps after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. Marco graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and skipped college to pursue a career in music.

However, the pull of their legacy was strong. They now own Liberty Burger, which has six locations, and Streets Fine Chicken, which has two. They recently opened Roy G’s, a restaurant and bar in Oak Lawn.

They also live across the street from each other with their wives and babies, who were born eight months apart, in Kings Highway.

Mariel wanted to start a food truck in Austin after the Peace Corps, and she brought the idea to her two older brothers, Gene and Dace, who owned Snookie’s Bar & Grill. They didn’t buy it.

“They were like, OK, hippie,” she says.

But she didn’t give up, and a friend helped her with a business and marketing plan. This time, her brothers were in, and they agreed to turn Snookie’s into the first Liberty Burger. That was in 2011, and they opened new stores every year for the following four years.

Meanwhile, Marco was living in a recording studio that he built with friends in a warehouse that his dad owned. After six years, that life was becoming too lonely, and Mariel convinced him to co