Portillo’s is poised to open what could be its seventh Phoenix area outpost in the forthcoming Prasada North development, located at the corner of N Sarival Ave and W Waddell Rd, according to the Phoenix Business Journal, which adds that the first phase of tenants is slated to open by late next year.
A representative of Portillo’s did not return a request for comment.
The origins of Portillo’s can be traced back to Villa Park, Illinois, and a young entrepreneur named Dick Portillo, who opened his first Portillo’s hot dog stand – affectionately known as the Dog House – with $1,100 in 1963.
Since then, the brand has become “synonymous with Chicago,” thanks to its signature offerings such as Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, chopped salad, cheese fries, homemade chocolate cake, and chocolate cake shake, all of which are served up in “vintage-inspired dining environments and via our unique drive-thrus,” the company writes on its website.
Of the roughly 70 Portillo’s restaurants to be found in nearly 10 states, four reside in the greater Phoenix area including Avondale, Glendale, Scottsdale, and Tempe, with another two opening soon in Queen Creek and Gilbert.