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Porto’s Bakery Might Be Opening a Sixth Location, This Time in Northridge

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A new bakery and cafe could be coming to the shuttered Sears Auto Center in Northridge Fashion Center

Porto’s Bakery pastry case.
Porto’s Bakery pastry case
Porto’s Bakery [Official photo]
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Just yesterday, beloved Cuban bakery Porto’s Bakery opened a new location in West Covina. The chain maintains a fairly conservative growth strategy, with five Porto’s stationed throughout Southern California since first opening in 1976 in Glendale. Which is why it’s stunning news that a sixth location appears ready to start construction in Northridge.

Almost. The plan is to get operations moving smoothly at Porto’s West Covina, then break ground in the Northridge Fashion Center’s former Sears Auto Center. But according to Los Angeles Daily News, the family-operated business is still in negotiations with the landlord.

Both locations in Burbank, Glendale, and Buena Park are well-established, with a fifth Porto’s opening in Downey in 2010. The slow-opening process extended to the West Covina outlet, which took over two years to complete. The family worked with the City of West Covina to make this happen, and it’s a massive split-level space at 22,000 square feet.

Considering Porto’s track record of patience, along with a not-quite-inked Northridge location deal, it is impossible to determine a potential opening date. But when it does open, regulars can count on the endless lines for Porto’s potato balls, along with its gorgeous, reasonably-priced Cuban pastries and cakes.