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Portillo's likes dad jokes, says it's coming to Minnesota

You need to ketchup on this news before you dip out.

The whispers have turned out to be true – Portillo's is coming to Minnesota.

The restaurant will bring its Chicago-style hot dogs, dipped Italian beef sandwiches, chocolate cake and other greasy goodness to Woodbury. That'll come in 2017, the announcement (which also ran as a full-page ad in the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune) says.

It then launches into some food puns/dad jokes like saying their food "truly cuts the mustard," and that they "relish the chance to serve you lunch and dinner."

These seem to be stock food-related plays on words, since some appear in this other announcement for an Illinois location. But we appreciate the dad-level effort. Then there's the "Let's connect over shared things" portion.

"While most of our customers know us as a Chicagoland brand, we think you’ll agree we have a lot in common with our friends in Minnesota," the announcement says. "We both travel via Skyways. We both love spending time at our beloved lakes — Minnesotans just have 9,999 more from which to choose. And we all love great food."

If your interest is piqued, Portillo's says you can sign up for an email list and possibly get invited to a "sneak peek training meal," whatever that means. Pioneer Press has more details on the upcoming location.

The first Portillo’s opened in 1963 in Villa Park, Illinois. Since then, it has grown into a chain of nearly 50 restaurants with more than 4,500 employees in Illinois, Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana and Wisconsin.

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