Porto's Bakery and Cafe

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Porto’s Bakery and Café (Porto's) is a family-owned Cuban bakery. They serve a wide assortment of pastries, specialty cakes, freshly baked breads, variety of savory sandwiches, and a selection of juices, smoothies, and coffee. Their most popular treats include the savory Potato Balls, and sweet Guava and Cheese Rolls.

The bakery and café was started in the 1960s by Rosa and Raul Porto Sr., who emigrated from Cuba to California. Rosa’s exceptional baking skills and a dream for a better life led to the creation of Porto’s Bakery. Their first location was a 300-square foot bakery in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles and, in the 1980s, the move was made to Glendale. Over the years, Porto’s established its reputation as a premier bakery and expanded to include locations in Burbank, Downey, and Buena Park.

The City has been working to bring Porto’s to the City since 2010, when the Community and Economic Development Division (formerly the Community Development Commission) (CED) first reached out to Porto’s. Over the past several years, CED presented Porto’s with several locations within West Covina. While none of those were materialized, CED and Porto’s continued to work towards a West Covina location. As a result of both the City and Porto’s joint determination, Porto’s is now under construction for a West Covina location. West Covina will be Porto’s fifth location.

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Economic Benefits

As a result of the development, Porto’s is anticipated to create approximately 175 new part time and full-time jobs and generate approximately $70,000-$80,000 in annual sales tax revenue to the City.

Project Description

  • 21,943 square-foot two story building
    • First floor – 17, 163 SF
    • Second floor – 4,780 SF
  • Planning Entitlements approved on September 12, 2017
    • Precise Plan – Development of a new building
    • Administrative Use Permit – Allow for outdoor dining
    • Mitigated Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact

Project Timeline

  • December 1, 2017 – Demolition of Building
  • January 22, 2018 – Groundbreaking Ceremony
  • January to Winter 2018-19 – Construction of building
  • February 2019 – Anticipated Construction Completion

Project Renderings

 Porto's - North Elevation

 North Elevation


 Northeast Elevation


 Porto's - Interior with Coffee bar

 Interior (Coffee Bar and Lounge)


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Porto's Project Status

Updated on 03/28/2019 5:01 PM

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