‘Our buns need more time:’ Portillo’s delays opening for new Orlando location

New opening date now March 23

Portillo’s is opening its first Michigan restaurant in Sterling Heights.
Portillo’s is opening its first Michigan restaurant in Sterling Heights. (Portillo's)

ORLANDO, Fla. – If you’ve been craving Portillo’s Chicago-style food in anticipation of its upcoming Orlando location opening, you’re going to have to wait a bit longer.

The restaurant announced on its website that the March 2 opening day for The Village at O-Town West location has been delayed to March 23.

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“Our buns need more time to steam! We cannot wait to see all our loyal Portillo’s fans in Orlando, but as of today, guests will have to wait a little bit longer,” Portillo’s said. “We’re finishing up construction of our new restaurant and need to postpone the original opening date. Portillo’s thanks everyone for their patience and will be sure to share a new opening timeframe as soon as possible. We hope to confirm a new opening date in the coming weeks.”

The Orlando location is the fast-casual chain’s first Central Florida restaurant, making it the third in Florida after Tampa and Brandon.

Portillo’s is known for signature menu items, such as Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers and chocolate cake.

The 7,800 square-foot restaurant will have two drive-thru lanes and two covered outdoor patios, officials said.

Central Floridians were able to get an early taste of Portillo’s with its food truck the Beef Bus, but according to its Twitter and Instagram account, there hasn’t been food served on the bus in the area since Feb. 3 and 4.

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Stacy is a Social Media Producer for ClickOrlando.com and has been with News 6 since 2018. She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in advertising and a Masters in social media/mass communications.