Portillo’s plans to open second Madison location later this year

Portillo’s is opening on the east side

MADISON, Wis. — Portillo’s is hoping to open its second Madison location sometime later this year.

News 3 Now first reported about the new location, which will be near West Towne Mall, in December 2020 after Portillo’s executives filed paperwork with the city of Madison.

On Thursday, the company sent a news release about the West Towne location indicating it would open sometime in 2021.

The restaurant would be around 7,800 square feet and be able to serve around 180 guests indoors. There will also be dozens of patio seats outside. The west side Madison location will also feature a new three-lane drive-thru model, which will help with mobile and online orders.

If you’re not familiar, Portillo’s is best-known for its Chicago-style hot dogs (hold the ketchup!) and Italian beef. The restaurant started off as a hot dog stand in suburban Chicago in the 1960s.

“We’ve heard from many of our fans since we first opened in Madison two years ago – they wanted another Portillo’s on the West side of town,” said CEO Michael Osanloo. “We’re excited to be able to deliver on that request and bring our unrivaled Chicago street food to the other side of the capital city.”