Portillo’s to take on new market with 50th restaurant

December 16, 2016

Portillo’s continued to march beyond its Chicago-area hometown, announcing plans Friday to open its 50th restaurant next July in Minnesota.

The restaurant, in the St. Paul suburb of Woodbury, Minn., will represent the chain’s seventh state, as Portillo’s continues to test its viability outside its home base.

“It’s a growing city, a growing economy. There’s a strong educational piece,” Portillo’s CEO Keith Kinsey told Nation’s Restaurant News. “I think it’s a great match up there.”

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Portillo’s has increased its push beyond the Chicago area since its sale in 2014 to the private-equity firm Berkshire Partners.

Portillo’s, which