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