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Chicago-based Portillo's often tops lists of restaurants folks want to see more of in Michigan. Well, a second location is set to open in the Mitten State!

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Portillo's, Facebook
Portillo's, Facebook

The eatery began as a hot dog cart called "The Dog House" in Chicago in 1963. A few years later, it was upgraded to a larger trailer and renamed "Portillo's". From there, the restaurant expanded with brick-and-mortar locations. Portillo's now has more than 80 restaurants across the U.S.

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Portillo's, Facebook
Portillo's, Facebook

Known for its Chicago-style hot dogs, Portillo's also serves Italian beef sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, fish sandwiches, chopped salads, burgers, cheese fries, homemade chocolate cake, ribs, chicken tenders, soup, and more.

Portillo's, Facebook
Portillo's, Facebook

Portillo's opened its first Michigan location in Sterling Heights in 2021.

The new Portillo's restaurant will be in Livonia, Mich.

Located at 13004 Middlebelt Rd. the 7,900 square-foot restaurant will feature a dining room with seating for more than 175, as well as a seasonal outdoor patio with room for about 50 additional guests. It will also have a pick up area and Portillo's signature double drive-thru lanes.

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According to Detroit Metro Times, an opening date has yet to be announced. But it does seem like we are getting close!

Portillo's "Beef Bus" where folks can get a taste of what's to come will be Michigan  March 21-March 30.

Here's the schedule:

  • Thursday, 3/21: Portillo’s Livonia (13004 Middlebelt Rd., Livonia) 11am-2pm
  • Friday, 3/22: Plymouth Food Truck Park 9:30am-2pm
  • Saturday, 3/23: Glover Agency Easter Egg Extravaganza 11am-1pm
  • Sunday, 3/24: Ann Arbor StreetSide 4pm-9pm
  • Thursday 3/28: Plymouth Food Truck Park 9:30am-2pm
  • Friday 3/29: Detroit StreetSide 3pm-8pm
  • Saturday 3/30: Briarwood Mall​ 11am-6pm

Portillo's says service will begin at the time listed and will end when the Beef Bus runs out of food. Guests are encouraged to arrive as early as possible.

For updates on the grand opening of the new Livonia Portillo's, follow the restaurant on Facebook!

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What are the most popular fast-food restaurants here in Michigan? If you're automatically assuming that the chain with the Golden Arches has the most locations, you're in for a shock.

As you take a look at the pics below, see if you can figure out which location we've featured. All pictures are from the greater Flint area, and we've left in just enough background for you to be able to make an educated guess.

The answers are below.

By the way, the ranking is based on the restaurants with the most locations in The Mitten, based on data from the Friendly City Lab at Georgia Tech. Their numbers are based on data compiled in 2021, so some numbers may have fluctuated since then.

Gallery Credit: George McIntyre

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