Who’s ready for the hottest new burger in town? Portillo’s is opening its dors for the first time today.
The first-ever restaurant in Michigan, located in Sterling Heights at 14425 Lakeside Circle in the popular restaurant and retail corridor of the Northern suburb of Detroit today. Portillo’s officially opens to the public at 10:30 a.m. today following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. The event will be hosted by Vice-President of Restaurant Support Michael Portillo, who will welcome Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor.
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. The 7,900-square-foot restaurant with seating for more than 180 guests. It is the first Portillo’s to feature a garage-style theme with décor elements such as a fully restored 1931 Ford Wrecker, drawing inspiration from the area’s vast automotive history. Outside, it features double drive-thru lanes as well a seasonal outdoor patio with seating for more than 50 guests.
To help launch the new restaurant, Portillo’s designed a limited-edition t-shirt for this location. Guests are invited to sign up for Portillo’s Birthday Club to receive one of these shirts on opening day, while supplies last. Fans who sign up also receive a slice of Portillo’s homemade chocolate cake on their birthday.
So, what is Portillo’s? In 1963, Dick Portillo invested $1,100 into a small trailer to open the first Portillo’s hot dog stand in Villa Park, IL, which he called “The Dog House.” Years later, Portillo’s has grown to include restaurants in more than 60 locations across several states. Portillo’s is best known for its Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads and famous chocolate cake.
In 2021, Portillo’s was recognized by Forbes as one of “America’s Best Midsized Employers,” and were the top-rated company within the restaurant industry category.