Rosa Porto, Founder of Porto's Bakery and Cafe Chain, Dies at 89

After moving to California from Cuba, Porto opened her first official storefront in 1976 and soon expanded to multiple locations.

Rosa Porto, founder of Porto’s Bakery and Café chain in Southern California, died Friday. She was 89.

The company on Saturday announced the news via its Instagram page, writing that Porto died "peacefully, surrounded by her loving husband and family."

The statement continued, “Rosa was an incredible woman who started Porto’s humbly from her home kitchen selling cakes and pastries to friends and family while simultaneously being an extraordinary wife and mother to her three children. Later, when in her late 60’s, Rosa stepped back from the family business she had started to focus her love and passion on raising her seven grandchildren. There was no greater sense of joy and pride for Rosa than her grandchildren and soon to be great grandchild."

According to the restaurant's website, Porto was born in Cuba and moved to California with her family. She opened her first official storefront in 1976 on Sunset Boulevard in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles and grew the business with the help of her children when they graduated from college. Porto's gradually expanded to multiple locations and became a staple for cakes and pastry items. 

The company expressed "sincere gratitude for all the love and kindness you have shown us throughout the years." 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of ‪‪Porto’s Bakery‬‬ founder and Porto family matriarch, Rosa Porto. She passed peacefully yesterday at the age of 89 surrounded by her loving husband and family. Rosa was an incredible woman who started Porto’s humbly from her home kitchen selling cakes and pastries to friends and family while simultaneously being an extraordinary wife and mother to her three children. Later, when in her late 60’s, Rosa stepped back from the family business she had started to focus her love and passion on raising her seven grandchildren. There was no greater sense of joy and pride for Rosa than her grandchildren and soon to be great grandchild. To all of our family, friends, and guests from across our communities: though there are no words that can convey our sadness at this time, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for all the love and kindness you have shown us throughout the years.

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