Peoria Portillo's hits a speedbump

PEORIA, Ill - The future of a Portillo's in Peoria is uncertain.

River City fans of Italian beef, and Chicago style hot dogs could already taste their favorite dish that Portillo’s had to offer, but as City Council members learned late Wednesday night, the Chicago style restaurant may not be coming after all.

The developer for the proposed Portillo's location outside the West Lake Shopping Center, has withdrawn the request for a special service area tax for the restaurant.

“Portillo's doesn't own the land they were going to rent the land essentially from the developer and they were going to build their land on top of it,” says Asst. City Manger, Chris Setti.

According to council members, the River City location would only open there if the SSA was approved, an issue that caused some disagreement.

“The traditional intent for an SSA is really for the public good, for public infrastructure needs, assets that could help a larger area, the intent was never for an individual private developer in a single parsel,” said Sid Ruckreigel, At-Large Council member.

Now, without an SSA, Ruckriegel says he would welcome Portillo's under the right conditions.

“I think as they look what the city has to offer they'll find there's a really good place for them, however again the burden should not be passed on to the taxpayers.”


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