Portillo’s will open its first Michigan restaurant in Sterling Heights on March 16. Located at 14425 Lakeside Circle, it replaces Andiamo’s and is located along M-59 next to Lakeside Mall.
The restaurant will offer 7,900 square feet of space and seat more than 180 guests. It is the first Portillo’s to feature a garage-style theme with décor elements including a fully restored 1931 Ford Wrecker. Outside, it will feature a double drive-thru and patio with seating for more than 50 guests.
Signature menu items include Chicago-style hot dogs with mustard, relish, celery salt, freshly chopped onions, sliced tomatoes, kosher pickles, and sport peppers piled into a steamed poppy seed bun.
In addition, Italian beef sandwiches can be ordered with a little, a splash, or dipped in gravy. Other menu items include ribs, several pasta dishes like Penne Ala Vodka, Fettuccini Alfredo, and Penne al Arrabbiata, along with salads, char-grilled burgers, and side dishes — tamale, chicken tenders, French fries, onion rings, and chicken noodle soup.
Desserts include a signature chocolate cake, strawberry shortcake, and chocolate éclair cake.
“We always look forward to opening Portillo’s in new markets,” says Michael Osanloo, CEO of Portillo’s. “Fans in Michigan have been asking for a Portillo’s for years, so we’re very excited to bring our unrivaled Chicago street food and the signature Portillo’s experience to the community of Sterling Heights.”
To help launch the new restaurant, Portillo’s has designed a limited-edition T-shirt for this location. Guests can sign up for Portillo’s birthday club here to receive one of the shirts on opening day while supplies last. Guests that sign up will also receive a slice of Portillo’s chocolate cake on their birthday.
Fans are invited to register for a chance to attend a sneak peek training meal prior to opening and also receive updates on the Portillo’s Sterling Heights location by signing up for email updates here.
Before the grand opening scheduled in March, guests can get a taste of some of the signature items from the Portillo’s Beef Bus, which serves the Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, cheese fries, and beverages.
Team members of Portillo’s Beef Bus will follow state guidelines to protect the safety of guests due to COVID-19. It will begin operating in Sterling Heights starting Feb. 17. Those who are interested in finding the Beef Bus can follow it on Twitter and Instagram for its location and hours of operation.
In anticipation of the opening, the restaurant is now hiring and looking to fill a variety of hourly and shift leader positions. On average, Portillo’s hires approximately 150 people for new restaurants. Details can be found here.
In 1963, Dick Portillo invested $1,100 into a small trailer to open Portillo’s hot dog stand in Villa Park, Ill., which he called “The Dog House.” It has since grown to include restaurants in more than 60 locations across several states.
The Portillo’s brand also includes Barnelli’s restaurants that serve ribs, pastas with homemade sauces, and fresh salads. Portillo’s ships food to all 50 states via Portillos.com. Portillo’s Home Kitchen is the company’s catering business.