September 28, 2023

Girl Lake officers may barely comprise their enthusiasm when Portillo’s restaurant representatives detailed plans for a brand new eatery.

“I’ve by no means seen a lot curiosity in a restaurant in Girl Lake,” mentioned Commissioner Ruth Kussard, who has served for effectively over a decade within the city’s authorities.

Portillo’s representatives on Monday night confirmed renderings of the restaurant to be constructed on 3.51 acres alongside U.S. Hwy. 27/441, southeast of Tire Kingdom.

It’s anticipated the Girl Lake Portillo’s will likely be completed by the tip of 2024. A Portillo’s restaurant in Clermont is anticipated to open in December. Each Portillo’s eating places can have the identical fashionable design with crimson brick, stone block, glass partitions, sconces and ornamental mounted lights.

The Portillo’s representatives mentioned drive-thru service makes up an enormous a part of the enterprise at their eating places. Nationwide, 60 p.c of Portillo’s orders are positioned and picked up by way of Portillo’s particular double-lane drive-thru. When wanting completely at Portillo’s Florida’s  eating places, the drive-thru portion of the enterprise is a bit decrease at 40 p.c.

Drive-thru ordering will likely be supplied on the new Portillo’s restaurant.

Firm officers are planning 131 parking areas on the restaurant and have rigorously deliberate for “stacking” that may happen as vehicles place orders and await meals within the drive-thru lanes. The Portillo’s representatives warned that drive-thru visitors could be particularly heavy when new eating places open.

Initially based mostly completely within the Chicago space, Portillo’s now has areas in Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Florida, Arizona, Texas and California.

Mayor Jim Rietz, who lived within the Chicago space earlier than transferring to The Villages, is a giant fan of Portillo’s.

“I’ve pushed 1,150 miles simply to get their beef. I’m in,” the mayor mentioned.