Porto’s Bakery: A Story of Sweet Success

By Karissa Willette

170301_portos_1Team Harkey recently joined over 1,500 other hungry guests for a celebration of Porto’s Bakery and their newest location. Special guests included local elected officials and celebrity Andy Garcia.  Lines wrapped around the corner to taste the tantalizing treats they had heard so much about. Specializing in an array of Cuban-inspired cakes, pastries, sandwiches, and coffee, Porto’s bakery has been highly successful at its three Los Angeles area locations. We are happy to welcome them to Buena Park.

170301_portos_6Rosa Porto, founder of Porto’s Bakery, began baking to provide for her family after her husband, Raul Sr., lost his job while they still lived in Cuba. With the help of her friends, Rosa sold her tasty treats at a black market barter-and-trade operation. By the time the Porto family came to California, fellow Cuban immigrants were already placing orders for her famous sweets. Rosa operated as a home-based business for five years until she secured a loan to open up a shop in Los Angeles, soon to be followed by locations in Burbank and Downey.

Rosa’s three children, Betty, Raul Jr., and Margarita,  have taken over the family business. Thanks to popularity spread by word of mouth, and more recently by social sites such as Buzzfeed, treats from Porto’s Bakery are now in high demand. Last year, Porto’s Bakery received a lifetime achievement award from the California Restaurant Association.

When asked to describe the bakery in one word Betty Porto replied, “Family.” The Porto’s family would like to invite you to stop by and support local business and try one of their famous Potato Balls or Cheese Rolls.

Do you know a business that’s set to open or expand? Let us know so we can highlight your success. Email Chairwoman Harkey at diane.harkey@boe.ca.gov or call (949) 724-2578.

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