It seems like only yesterday (okay, it was February) when Portillo's, the Illinois restaurant chain beloved by Chicago transplants throughout the Valley, first brought its Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, hamburgers, and cake shakes to Scottsdale.
Its arrival was so eagerly awaited, in fact, that folks were waiting in line for up to 45 minutes on grand opening day.
Get ready, Tempe. You're next.
A representative for Portillo's tells me the Tempe Marketplace location will open in late August and that the new building, currently under construction, is being built from the ground up.
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Like all Portillo's restaurants, the Tempe location will be filled with vintage memorabilia reflecting founder Dick Portillo's love of history -- especially Chicago history.
Portillo's is currently hiring for its Tempe location. Applicants can apply in person at the hiring center located at the northeast corner of Rio Salado Parkway and McClintock Drive from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Or, simply drop off a completed application at the on-site mailbox.
The privately held, 50-year-old Portillo's, based in Illinois, has locations throughout the Chicago metropolitan area as well as one in Indiana, two in southern California, and (soon) two in Arizona.