June 28, 2022
Cuba’s most iconic restaurant celebrates 50 years
MIAMI (AP) — An iconic South Florida restaurant that has been an epicenter of the Cuban community celebrated its 50th anniversary this week. To mark the occasion, the Versailles Restaurant in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood celebrated Wednesday by offering food at 1971 prices. That meant ham croquette for 20 cents, breaded steak for $3.25 and…

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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