Popular Chicago-style fast food joint, Portillo’s, is coming to Tucson


April 12, 2022
By Matt Sterner

On Tuesday, April 12, Portillo’s announced on its website that its hot dogs, burgers, and fries are making their way down to Tucson by the end of the year.

More specifically, the restaurant is moving in at the El Con Center — joining others in the area like In-N-Out Burger and Chick-fil-A — but an exact address has yet to be revealed. The parking lot over there, being that it was a shopping mall at one point, is definitely large enough to hold the restaurant’s traffic.

Portillo's
Photo courtesy of Portillo’s

Portillo’s is going to be designed with a vintage diner theme and is estimated to be a 7,800-square-foot restaurant with a double drive-thru lane.

The first Arizona location opened up in Scottsdale back in 2012 and has since expanded to three others in the Phoenix area. The menu includes beef and sausage sandwiches, burgers, Chicago-style hot dogs, milkshakes, crinkle fries, and even salads.

Portillo's
Photo courtesy of Portillo’s

Portillo’s started in 1963 when Dick Portillo invested $1,100 into a small trailer to open his first hot dog stand in Villa Park, IL, which he called “The Dog House.” As of today, the company has more than 70 locations spread out across nine states.

For more information, visit portillos.com

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