Rosa Porto, the baker and Cuban émigré who is the founder of the Porto’s Bakery & Café chain in Southern California, died on Friday, Dec. 13, at the age of 89.
The business announced the news on social media, writing that Porto died peacefully with her husband and family at her side.
“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,” read the Instagram page.
Porto launched the business after moving to California with her family from Manzanillo, Cuba, selling cakes from home for neighbors and fellow Cuban immigrants. She opened her first storefront in 1976 on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park, and gradually expanded to multiple locations and became a staple for cakes and pastry items.
In her late 60s, Porto stepped back from the business “to focus her love and passion on raising her seven grandchildren.”
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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.