Rockford's Portillo's opens after years of waiting - – Rockford’s News Leader

Rockford's Portillo's opens after years of waiting


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. 

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