La Rosa Bakery, which opened in the 1980s and became a go-to destination for traditional Cuban pastelitos within the city, has closed its doors.
Customers learned of the abrupt news on April 19th, when the bakery took to Facebook to put out a statement that its last day of operation would be the following Sunday, April 23rd.
“We take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to our dedicated employees and all who have supported La Rosa Bakery over the years,” the post reads. “We are especially grateful to the customers who made La Rosa Bakery a part of their lives and to the community that embraced it as an integral part of Miami history.”
A quintessential Miami spot, La Rosa has been serving three generations of Miamians since 1986. After emigrating from Cuba to Miami in the 1960s, the Mayoral brothers — Osvaldo, Osmar, Oliverio, Otelmy and Orfilio — undertook the bakery and followed the recipe of their grandfather, Rogelio Mayoral.
Since then, La Rosa had been located at 4259 W Flagler St, where sweets were known to have been made fresh every mornings and run out by afternoon. Osvaldo and his wife Mercedes Mayoral remained in charge of the bakery until late 2019, at the ages of 92 and 86.
But passing by now, its iconic building and almost-completely pink interiors stand empty. For longtime regulars of the Flagler mainstay, this closure is a huge deal.
We can only hope it comes back in some way, as the Facebook post also reads, “Don’t be surprised to see the ‘La Rosa Bakery’ name and logo again in the future.” We’ll certainly keep our eyes peeled!