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Portillo’s to Tempe Market Place; Looks for Chandler Site

By Adam Kress for Phoenix Business Journal

Portillo’s, a much-loved Chicago-area restaurant that specializes in Italian beef and hot dogs, is moving ahead with plans to open its first Arizona locations in Scottsdale and Tempe.

Company spokeswoman Patty Sullivan said Portillo’s is in the permitting process with Scottsdale for plans to open a location near 90th Street and Shea Blvd. in February. [Reported in AZBEX June 1st]

Portillo’s also plans to submit permitting papers shortly for a location at Tempe Marketplace, near the Loop 202 and McClintock Drive. Sullivan said the company hopes to open there in August of next year.

“We are continuing to look for areas in Chandler,” Sullivan said.

Portillo’s specializes in Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef, but also offers made-to-order salads, burgers, cheese fries, desserts and beer.

Company founder Dick Portillo said in January that each of the new restaurants would be at least 7,000 square feet and must have a drive-through and ample parking. The new locations would be built, as opposed to moving into existing space.

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