• Hot Dogs, and Italian Beef and Chocolate Cake, Oh My!

     
    POSTED January 4, 2017
     

Minnesotans, get excited. The tantalizing menu at Portillo’s—Chicago’s fast casual restaurant that serves Chicago-style cuisine—will now be available in Woodbury. The restaurant will be located at 8450 Hudson Road. They are set to begin construction in the coming months and are slated for a summer 2017 opening—the perfect seasons for hot dogs, a menu favorite.

“The Woodbury location marks a milestone for the company,” says Keith Kinsey, CEO, Portillo’s. “Portillo’s has grown from founder Dick Portillo’s original Dog House in the Chicago suburbs to 50 locations in 2017. We could not be more excited that this momentous opening coincides with our first Minnesota location. Our entire team looks forward to bringing Portillo’s to the city of Woodbury.”

The 9,000-square-foot restaurant will have seating for more than 200 guests, double drive-thru lanes and a seasonal outdoor patio. The Woodbury location will offer classic Portillo’s menu items such as Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and their famous chocolate cake.

Guests can attend a sneak peek training meal before the opening and get more information about the new location by signing up at portillos.com/woodbury. Also, a trip to Chicago just may hold you over until the Woodbury location opens.

 

Los Angeles has such a robust food and dining scene, it’s rare to be the first at anything these days. But Benny Boy Brewing  appears to have pulled that off with its claim to be the city’s first combined brewery and cidery. Located in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, just minutes from downtown, Benny Boy is anchored by a spacious outdoor beer and cider garden. Groups are welcome. The 1,200-square-foot cider house is available for private events of up to 51 guests while a full venue buyout accommodates 300. 

 

If you’re considering Santa Barbara as a destination for an upcoming meeting, there are more hotels and restaurants than ever before, along with new flights into Santa Barbara Airport.

Here are some highlights. 

Hotel News

Palihouse Santa Barbara, a 24-room boutique hotel in the historic Presidio neighborhood has opened. Offering a “vintage preppy meets American Riviera vibe,” total group buyouts are available, as well as outdoor entertaining space for intimate events.

 

By a number of measures, hotels are doing well in San Francisco.  For starters, occupancy rates, according to preliminary data, were 67.2% for the month of April, with average daily room rates just above $225. As the San Francisco Travel Association notes, those numbers point to the best-performing month for San Francisco hotels since pandemic restrictions were put in place in March 2020.