Rao’s Bakery was founded in 1941 by Johnny Rao. Johnny Rao and family opened the bakery at its present location, the corner of 10th and Calder in Beaumont, Texas. The bakery was known for its Italian cream cakes, cookies, and cream puffs. Through the years Rao’s had several different owners, but its doors never closed. Not much changed at Rao’s over 58 years and in 1998 Jake Tortorice bought the bakery. Jake’s vision was to restore the bakery to the reputable place he enjoyed as a child.