• Portillo's Opens in Woodbury

     
    POSTED July 24, 2017
     

The newest location of Portillo's has opened in Woodbury. The opening of the restaurant's 50th location and first Minnesota restaurant was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by founder Dick Portillo, CEO Keith Kinsey, and Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens.

The restaurant is 9,000 square feet with seating for more than 200, including a seasonal outdoor patio. There is a double-lane drive thru, and the interior is decorated around a 1920s theme inspired by the Prohibition era. The menu includes Portillo favorites like Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads and Portillo's famous chocolate cake.

“The Woodbury location marks a milestone for the company,” says Keith Kinsey, CEO. “Portillo’s has grown from founder Dick Portillo’s original Dog House in the Chicago suburbs to 50 locations in seven states. We could not be more excited that this momentous opening coincides with our first Minnesota location, and the 50th anniversary of the Woodbury community.”

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Doctors, nurses, grocery store employees and more were essential to sustaining the continued stay-at-home orders that helped fight the spread of COVID-19. Such workers put their health at risk for the benefit of society, and Nakoma Resort and the Lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce want to recognize them for their efforts through the “Send Your Heroes” campaign.   

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.