Friday, August 11, 2017

Portillo's to Officially Open Tuesday

The grand opening of Portillo's Restaurant in Normal is set for Tuesday. Several training days with invited guests have been taking place already, including media day Thursday. That's where Portillo's founder Dick Portillo surprised a few people when he said about 20 years ago he came to the area with his supervisors at the request of former Bloomington Mayor Judy Markowitz.  Portillo said they could not find a suitable location at the time.The town of Normal landed Portillo's by agreeing to give developer Bloomington Landmark $1.875 million in future sales tax receipts from the restaurant to subsidize demolition and construction. The total could reach $2.5 million with interest

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