Portillo's Photos by Jonathan Maze

Portillo’s turns up the heat on expansion

Large-scale, limited-service chain opens 50th location as it eyes more markets

A steady stream of customers walked past Dick Portillo at a pre-opening event for Portillo’s 50th restaurant, in the St. Paul suburb of Woodbury, Minn., on Thursday.

“You have to open one South!” a woman wearing a Cubs shirt said.

Portillo attends all of the chain’s openings, even though he sold the eponymous company he founded to the private-equity firm Berkshire Partners in 2014.  

“I never miss one,” he said. “My name i

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