Some of my most valued memories as a child is that, as a family, we would go and visit to have lunch at Versailles after church on Sundays. I was always dazzled by the mirrors and obviously the great food. Boliche being my favorite. To this day, I am of the opinion that they serve up the most awesome Boliche in the United States. The second greatest dish is the Liver served with the Cuban interpretation of Italian sauce. Phenomenal! The amazing service is an art form, how the experience begins with the warm Cuban toast with butter and the attention to water always being served without asking. Versailles is an experience comparable to what it must have been like when dining centuries ago in the palace located at Versailles, France. The conversations that took place while dining were joyful and filled with enthusiasm for the life we had together. I cannot recall any argument taking place there or ever having a negative or disruptive experience. Smiles on their faces.
Years later, I was visiting the Versailles Palace in France. I remember thinking that our Versailles in Miami, even though smaller in size, heck, much smaller in scale and not an actual palace but an eatery, had more love from everyone in our city. Contained in the eatery we call Versailles here in our hometown is the soul of the Cuban American psyche. I believe the architecture, decor, the food, and the bond that our people have with the restaurant owned and operated by Felipe Valls (an amazing Cuban businessman, and an example of our shared values) is more impacting to me than the Versailles Palace because it is the heartbeat of city, keeping our community bonded together. It will be the epicenter of our city for this next generation to experience and make new memories.