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Cuba’s most iconic restaurant celebrates 50 years

MIAMI, (AP) — This week, an iconic South Florida restaurant and epicenter for the Cuban community celebrated their 50th birthday.

The Versailles Restaurant in Miami’s Little Havana neighbourhood celebrated Wednesday with 1971 food. For 20 dollars, you could get ham croquette and a breaded steak for just $3. 25 and 20-cent Cuban coffee, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez declared the day Versailles Day and handed the keys to the Valls family who have run the restaurant for three generations. It has evolved from a small restaurant to 300 seating and now also offers a bakery and take-out window, which is well-known for dispensed hundreds of Cuban coffees per day.

“First and foremost, Versailles is a business which has transcended generations. It has had an impact on my grandfather’s generation, my father’s, mine, and my son’s. Second, it has been the epicenter for the Cuban exile, of that idea that Cuba will one day be free. It is the pride and joy of my community .

The restaurant is a popular stop for politicians. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton have all visited it. It is often a meeting place for protests against Cuba’s government.

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