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LA’s Legendary Cuban Bakery Founder Rosa Porto Has Died

Plus Flore Vegan’s GoFundMe, and a new restaurant in City Terrace

Facade of Porto’s Bakery.
The original Porto’s in Glendale
Cathy Chaplin
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.

A true loss

Southern California has lost one of its culinary luminaries. The LA Times and others have confirmed the death of Rosa Porto, the Cuban-born founder of namesake bakery and restaurant Porto’s, which serves millions across several locations from Los Angeles to Orange County and beyond. The chain announced Porto’s passing on Friday by way of its Instagram page; she was 89.

Party time

LA Taco is throwing a party at Bee Taqueria on West Adams Boulevard this Saturday. The event costs $50 and includes tacos from others like Evil Cooks, Balam, and more.

Pasta for all

There’s a new casual Italian restaurant hiding out in City Terrace, called Barrio. The evening option does pastas and more at 4011 City Terrace Drive, and is plotting a grand opening in January.

On the Fairfax block

The team from Filipino pop-up Rctngl are back with a new event at Cofax tonight starting at 6 p.m. Expect Ugly Drum pastrami and garlic rice, oyster mushroom sisig, and more.

Gone forever

Petros has disappeared from the Westfield Century City, reports Toddrickallen.

Paying for change

Soon-to-be-gone Flore Vegan in Silver Lake is trying to raise $125,000 on GoFundMe to aid in relocation efforts, after being told by developers that they must leave their current Sunset Boulevard address in the new year.

Growing the name brand

Southern California’s busy Broken Yolk Cafe group is expanding yet again, this time to Buena Park. Expect an opening for the Knott’s Berry Farm-adjacent project at 8010 Beach Blvd. sometime in the spring of 2020.

A rendering for an upcoming breakfast restaurant, complete with bar. Broken Yolk Cafe