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Chicago-based restaurant Portillo's bringing first Michigan location to Sterling Heights

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Posted at 9:28 AM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 17:04:11-04

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) — Chicago-style restaurant, Portillo's, will open its first Michigan location in Sterling Heights.

For the fast-casual restaurant concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, this marks the brand’s first-ever restaurant in Michigan, the ninth state for the chain.

The site for the upcoming Portillo’s restaurant is on Hall Road. The 7,900-square-foot restaurant is expected to open in the second half of 2021.

“We have had Portillo’s fans asking us to come to Michigan for years,” said Michael Osanloo, CEO of Portillo’s. “We can’t wait to be a part of such a great, thriving community in Sterling Heights.”

It will feature seating for more than 180 guests, a seasonal outdoor patio with seating for more than 50 guests, and double drive-thru lanes.

Guests can expect to enjoy Portillo’s signature menu items like Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, Famous Italian Beef Sandwiches, Char-Grilled Burgers and Portillo’s Famous Chocolate Cake.

“I used to have family in the Chicagoland area, and Portillo's was always one of my favorite spots to visit,” said Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor. “I’m beyond excited to now have one in my own backyard, and the fact that Sterling Heights was selected as Michigan’s first Portillo’s location is testament to the economic vibrancy of the M-59 Golden Corridor and our community as a whole. This new addition to the City’s great lineup of restaurants is sure to be a hit with our residents.”

Fans are invited to sign up here for the chance to attend a free sneak peek training meal prior to opening.