Hot Dog News
Chicago hot-dog king Portillo's inches closer to Dallas with new opening
The hot dogs are closing in: Portillo’s, the fast-casual restaurant concept specializing in Chicago-style hot dogs and other street food, has opened a location in Arlington. That makes it the closest one to Dallas so far. Though obviously not Dallas.
According to a release, this marks the third Portillo's in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. That makes it still newsworthy. Once you get past three locations, the fervor starts to dim. Enjoy it while you still can. Although if they ever open a location in Dallas proper, you can bet there'll be excitement about that.
The Arlington restaurant will do an official ribbon-cutting on Tuesday, November 14 at 10 am.
It's located at 4200 S. Cooper St., just north of I-20, easy access from the freeway, joining nearby restaurants such as McDonald's, Five Guys, Red Lobster, and La Madeleine.
The 7,800-square-foot restaurant will feature indoor seating for more than 180 guests, an outdoor patio with seating for 50, and two drive-thru lanes. The interior will feature a diner theme, drawing inspiration from the 1950s and 1960s.
Portillo’s is known for its Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads and chocolate cake.
The company started out in 1963, when Dick Portillo invested $1,100 into a small trailer to open the first Portillo’s hot dog stand in Villa Park, Illinois, which he called “The Dog House.” The chain now has more than 75 restaurants across 10 states.
So far in DFW, they've opened locations in Allen and The Colony, and have two more already penciled in: for north Fort Worth at 8789 Tehama Ridge Pkwy., and Denton at 3330 N I-35.