Portillo's holds VIP-only event

NORMAL - Portillo's is pulling out all the last minute stops to prepare for their official opening in the Twin Cities.

The Chicago based franchise held a VIP only event on Thursday.

They gave select people in the community a golden ticket to see Portillo's before it's opening, and gave employees the chance to practice.

People who attended had the chance to meet the founder, Dick Portillo.

Mr. Portillo told stories of how his pet dog inspired the Portillo's logo.

"Pokey was looking down at me, tongue hanging out, one ear up, one ear down, and a tail wagging,” said Dick Portillo, Founder of Portillo’s. “And I said, that's it, that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to put Portillo's written on it. So that's how that started."

The Portillo's in Normal is set to open on Tuesday.

A new Portillo's is under consideration in Peoria for 2018.


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