The wait is over: Rockford officially has a Portillo's. "I took a day off just to be here to have the Italian beef and their cake. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome," says customer Gail Owen. People began lining up outside the restaurant around 3 a.m. and it didn't take long for that line to grow. Police were even called in to help direct traffic among all the chaos. For owner Dick Portillo, today is a day that has been in the works for quite some time. "I'm glad to be here. It's been a long time coming because we were looking around for so long to find a right spot with the right amount of parking and I'm glad we're here," Portillo said. In fact, the restaurant has been 14 years in the making. Portillo tried to open a branch back in 2001.
10322 Auburn Road, Rockford, IL 61103
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