|Founded||1963 in Villa Park, Illinois|
|Headquarters||Oak Brook, Illinois, USA|
|Dick Portillo, Founder, Owner, President|
Portillo's, which is the main entity within The Portillo Restaurant Group, is a chain of restaurants that specializes in Chicago-style food.
Portillos began as a privately owned company in Villa Park, IL, run by Dick Portillo. It began in 1963 as a small trailer serving food. . The chain has since expanded to 34 stores in Illinois, one in Indiana, two in California and two in Arizona. In 2015, Portillo sold the company to the Berkshire group, retaining ownership of the Honey Jam Cafe full service breakfast restaurants and Luigi's full-service dinner restaurant. Portillos is a quick service restaurant.
Portillos says it is the largest privately owned restaurant company in the Midwest. As of 2014, the company reports sales of about $8 million per location. <http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-05-01/business/chi-portillos-hot-dogs-for-sale-20140430_1_hot-dogs-portillo-restaurant-group-51-years>
Honey Jam, Luigis, Julians, Barnellis
After years and years of growing success, in 1993, Luigis pasta bowl teamed up with Portillos and added their pasta bowl to nine locations, and has also had a lot of success. In 2010, was when he launched the breakfast restaurant Honey Jam, in which there are two locations so far. Luigi's is a full service Italian restaurant that was established in 2000 in Naperville. Julian’s Plaza, a shopping center created by Portillo, opened in Bolingbrook in April 2011. Julian’s Plaza has over 42,000 square feet (3,900 m2) of restaurant and retail space and is positioned at the busiest corner of Will County. Richport Plaza, the second shopping plaza developed by Portillo, opened in spring 2013 in Elgin. The plaza has 16,000 square feet (1,500 m2) of retail space. Portillo’s Home Kitchen is the restaurant group’s fast-growing catering and shipping division. Portillo’s Home Kitchen offers products including Italian beef, pasta trays, salads, and barbecue ribs. Boxes are available for shipping to all 50 states.
 1987 Chicago Food Service Marketing Club Hall of Fame Award 1991 Chicago Executive of the Year Award from the Chicago Alumni Club of Southern Illinois University 1994 Entrepreneur of the Year Award - sponsored by Inc. magazine 1995 Top 3 Restaurateur of the Year Food Industry News' 1996 Restaurateur of the Year Award 2002 Manufacturer Agents for Food Service Industry Restaurateur of the Year Award 2004 Employer of the Year award from The National Able Network and NBC 5 Chicago. 2002 Nation's Restaurant News - Regional Powerhouse Chains "Portillo's Hot Dogs - Out of the Dog House and living the American Dream, frankfurter chain operator grows his business independently" 2005 Nation's Restaurant News - Fast, Casual Players - Portillo's Hot Dogs "Barking up the right tree, theme eatery's familiar food, keeps customers begging for more" 2006 Chicago Area Entrepreneurship "Hall of Fame" award 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Portillo's is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as one of Chicago's Largest Privately Held Companies. 2012 Portillo's is listed 144 out of 500 in Technomic’s Top 500 U.S. Chain Restaurant Report for 2011. Technomic is a leading fact-based consulting and research firm serving the food industry.
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