Felipe Valls Sr., founder of iconic Miami restaurant Versailles, has died

MIAMI – The City of Miami mourns the loss of a South Florida icon.

Versailles restaurant founder Felipe A. Valls Sr. has died.

Valls is credited with introducing the first ventanita to Miami, creating a showcase for drinking Cuban coffee and swapping stories.

During its five decades in the heart of Little Havana, Versailles has been a signature spot for locals, tourists, politicians and celebrities.

Together with his son, Valls opened more than 40 restaurants, including La Carreta, Casa Cuba and La Palma.

Valls was 89 years old.

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