LOS ANGELES — Raul Porto Sr., the founder of the popular, family-owned Southern California institution Porto’s Bakery & Cafe, has died at age 92, it was announced Friday.

He died Wednesday “surrounded by his loving family,” according to a post on the bakery’s Instagram page. A location of his death was not provided.

“Raul Sr. was an extraordinary man who, alongside his wife Rosa, founded Porto’s Bakery from their home kitchen, selling cakes and pastries to friends and family,” the post read. “Through their hard work, humility, and dedication, they transformed a small family endeavor into a cherished community treasure.”

His wife died in 2019 at the age of 89. The couple retired several years ago to dedicate their lives to their family, according to the post.

“In his later years, Raul Sr. found immense joy in spending time with his grandchildren and watching the next generation grow. His love for his family was unwavering, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of those he inspired,” the post said.

Rosa started an illegal cakes business out of her home in Castro-era Cuba to make money for her family while waiting for a chance to come to the United States. After arriving in California, she opened her first official storefront on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park in 1976, according to the bakery’s website.

Porto’s Bakery has been woven into the fabric of Los Angeles for nearly 50 years. There are routinely long lines of customers lining the sidewalk for its baked goods and Cuban specialties, especially on weekends. The bakery is renowned for its famous potato balls and guava cheese strudels.

Porto’s has locations in Burbank, Glendale, Northridge, Buena Park, Downey and West Covina. A seventh location is planned for Downtown Disney District.

“To all our family, friends, and guests from across our communities: while words cannot fully express our sadness at this time, we want to extend our deepest gratitude for your continued support and all the love and kindness you have shown us throughout the years,” the Instagram post read.