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Cuban Bakery Goliath Porto’s Confirms Giant Fifth Location in West Covina

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The massively popular mini-chain heads east

Potato balls open to reveal meat inside from a Cuban bakery.
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

More than three years in the making, it now looks certain that West Covina will land the fifth location of amazingly popular Cuban bakery chain Porto’s. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune was the first to report on the news.

Per the Tribune, city officials’ unanimous vote has now paved the way for Porto’s to bring an expansive new two-story outlet to West Covina by 2018. The restaurant will land at the site of a former so-called bikini bar named Crazy Horse on West Garvey Avenue, with demolition slated to happen as soon as next month.

It’s the same address that has been in contention between Porto’s and the city of West Covina for literally years, with the Porto family behind the company asking for a tax revenue sharing deal from the municipality to help offset the $10 million proposed build. Earlier this year, Porto’s opened their largest location to date, a 25,000 square foot masterpiece in Buena Park.

With that all sorted now, construction can move forward in as little as four weeks, though the finished version of the West Covina store won’t be realized until summer or fall of next year. When completed, diners can expect a massive 22,000 square foot space that covers two stories and includes plenty of outdoor space. There will also be a separate on-site coffee and pastry bar for customers to come in and enjoy, and hours from as early as 6 a.m. to as late as 9 p.m.

In the meantime, eager diners out west can trek to Century City for the company’s six month pop-up at the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Porto’s West Covina
1360 W. Garvey Ave.
West Covina, CA