LITTLE HAVANA (CBSMiami) — Versailles Cuban Restaurant is celebrating 50 years!
The Little Havana staple has been serving up Cuban cuisine since 1971.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Police Officer Not Injured After Coming Under Fire
Complete with music and cafecito, of course, the restaurant is throwing a big celebration.
“I come out here all the time,” says Tomás Naranjo.
He remembers a time before Versailles was here. But he become a frequent customer.
“Since very small,” he says. “I was 8 years old. I used to come out with my dad.”READ MORE: Missing North Miami Beach Teen Jeimy Henrriquez Has Been Found
From longtime customers to first time visitors, people gathered around the ventanita where it all began.
“Well, I actually missed my flight yesterday,” laughs Andrea Mesa, who is visiting from Chile. “So I said, OK, I’m going to Versailles and having fun!”
“I am staying with a friend who is Cuban and she said, ‘Go to Versailles and take back a cafecito or cortadito!’” Mesa says.
More than the food, it is the sense of community Versailles has created that has kept people coming back for decades.MORE NEWS: Officials: Man On American Airlines Flight From Guatemala Hitched Ride To Miami Inside Plane's Landing Gear
As part of the celebration, Versailles is featuring a throwback menu from 1971 with the original prices, like croquetas for 20 cents.