By Eric Jay Toll for The Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Uncle Sam’s old home in the Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center is going to the dogs. Portillo’s Hot Dogs, an Illinois-based, 47 restaurant group also in Indiana and California plans its first Arizona location near the southwest corner of N. 90th St. and E. Shea Blvd across from Scottsdale-Shea Hospital.
First order of construction is demolition of the former Uncle Sam restaurant to be replaced with an 8.9K SF building including a 1.4K SF basement. The new restaurant, designed by Jensen & Jensen, matches shopping center design, but modifies the parking arrangement and increases the footprint from 7.1K to 7.4K SF. The eatery includes a dual-window drive-through, and modifies pedestrian traffic patterns to increase safety and access to other businesses.
The site fronts Shea Blvd., and maintains existing major traffic patterns. Landscaping meeting minimum Scottsdale standards is proposed. A small outdoor patio area is included.
This is the first of four restaurants planned by Portillo’s for the Arizona market.