Burbank welcomes long-awaited Cuban bakery

first_img Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – After serving up Cuban-style baked goods and tasty sandwiches for years in Glendale, Porto’s Bakery opened its Burbank store Monday to throngs of fans. More than 100 people lined the sidewalk in front of the popular eatery at Hollywood Way and Magnolia Boulevard in the heart of the city’s Magnolia Park area, eager for the doors to open. “After years of work, we finally come this morning to welcome the Porto family, embrace them and wish them the best,” Burbank Mayor Jef Vander Borght said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “All of us have invested countless years trying to find the right mixture of the right tenant and right uses for the area. We couldn’t have found a better use than Porto’s.” Owner Raul Porto, 45, said he and his family already are feeling welcomed by neighboring business owners, city officials and residents. His family opened its first bakery in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, then moved it to Glendale in 1978. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I know that we picked the right place,” he said of Burbank. “I hope we can just become a big part of this big family.” It was a long-awaited grand opening. Porto’s was originally slated to open as early as September but was held up by renovations to the former Thrifty PayLess drugstore site. The city of Burbank gave Porto’s a $790,000 loan to help it with the $1.1 million in improvements needed at the former drugstore, which had been vacant since 1998. The loan is forgivable after 10 years if Porto’s stays that long. But if its sales exceed $5.5 million in a year, it must give 50 percent of the excess profits toward paying back the loan. Walter Tobar, 33, of Burbank and his 3-year-old son, Andrew, couldn’t wait to eat pastries. “We’ve been waiting every day – Is it open yet? Is it open yet?” said Tobar, a regular at the Glendale Porto’s at 315 N. Brand Blvd. “(Andrew) can’t wait to get some juice and bread. This is great.” last_img read more