Versailles Restaurant founder and Miami Cuban exile icon Felipe Valls dies at 89

Another icon of Miami’s historic Cuban exile community has left us. Felipe Valls, who founded the world-famous Versailles Restaurant in Miami, died this weekend at the age of 89. Valls founded not only Versailles, but also owned other popular Cuban restaurants in Miami, such as La Carreta and Casa Cuba.

Via Miami’s WSVN 7 News:

Philanthropist and businessman Felipe A. Valls Sr., who helped turn Versailles Restaurant into a Little Havana icon and a popular Cuban cuisine dining spot for over five decades, has died, the restaurant and local officials have confirmed.

The Miami Herald reported that Valls died Saturday in Miami of natural causes at age 89, according to his family.

Valls, described in a tweet from City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez as “one of the historical figures of the Cuban exile,” founded Versailles in 1971.

Valls was best known for the Little Havana restaurant he founded in 1971, which became and to this day remains the epicenter of all things Cuba, from politics to culture. But he was also a philanthropist and a staunch supporter of liberty and the cause of freedom in Cuba.

While Felipe may no longer be with us, his legacy will continue to light the way for generations to come.

Requiescat in pace.

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