Portillo’s now serving Chicago-style meals at Orlando location

It was a long wait, but hopefully it was worth it: Portillo’s is now officially open in Orlando.

The Chicago-style restaurant celebrated its grand opening Tuesday, making its newest location official and ready for business.

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer attended the official opening of Portillos Tuesday. Restaurant officials said the site brings about 100 jobs to the area and they are ready to hire even more people.


“There are a lot of vacancies, especially in the tourism and hospitality industries, so it was a bit strange coming back as a lot of restaurants and hotels are being prevented from opening fully because they can’t fill all of the positions,” said Dyer.

Portillo’s Orlando general manager Jeremy Sasso said they have employment signs inside and outside the restaurant.

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“We also want managers and team members who believe in our core values, family, fun, energy and greatness,” said Sasso.

Portillo fans waited patiently as the restaurant’s opening was postponed several times before it became final on June 15th.

You can eat Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, burgers, and famous chocolate cake at the 7,800-square-foot restaurant, which has two walkways and two covered outdoor patios, officials said.


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The location is in the Village at O-Town West at 7715 Palm Parkway in Orlando, which is also where the new White Castle is located. Other restaurants and shops in the Village of O-Town are also under construction.

“We’re very lucky that Orlando is where everyone wants to be,” said Dyer.

Portillo opens office in Orlando (Image: Bob Kotek) (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando – All rights reserved.)

Inside the restaurant, the theme is that of a diner with an “Ode to Rock ‘n Roll with an electric guitar ceiling installation”.

If you’ve never had Portillo and wondered? what’s good on the map, a News 6 manager shared his inside knowledge and rated the menu items you need to try. He also explained the different ways to order the Italian beef sandwich.


The Orlando location is the fast-casual chain’s first restaurant in central Florida and the third in Florida after Tampa and Brandon.

Portillo opens office in Orlando (Image: Bob Kotek) (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando – All rights reserved.)

Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando – All rights reserved.