Portillo's gets green light for its 4th Twin Cities restaurant

The chain known for its Chicago-style hot dogs will be opening in Apple Valley.
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The Chicago-style hot dog institution that is Portillo's is set to open its 4th location in the Twin Cities.

The chain, also known for its Italian beef sandwiches and giant slices of cake, has steadily been expanding since opening its first Minnesota location in Woodbury in July 2017.

It followed that up by adding restaurants in Maple Grove and Roseville, and is now aiming to add its 4th venue – in Apple Valley.

In what would be its first restaurant in the south metro, Portillo's was given the green light by the Apple Valley City Council at a meeting in late February.

It would see the demolition of part of the Time Square shopping center at Cedar Avenue and County Road 42 to make space for the 7,700-square-foot restaurant and drive-thru.

Portillo's originally opened in Villa Park, Illinois as "The Dog House" in 1963, before its name was changed by founder Dick Portillo.

It made its long-awaited debut in Chicago in 1994, and has now expanded to more than 50 locations not only in Illinois and Minnesota, but also Arizona, Florida, Indiana, California, and Wisconsin.

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