Up until now, to get your Portillo's hotdogs and beef, you had to travel to Sycamore. Now, we get word that the location for Rockford's first Portillo's has been decided.

As reported here back in June, speculation has run rampant about the possibility of the Forest City scoring a Portillo;s Franchise

WREX TV is reporting that First Rockford Group President Sunil Puri confirmed Portillo's will be located near the intersection of East State Street and Mulford Road.

Portillo's is known for their Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, hamburgers, sandwiches, ribs, and salads, as well as beer and wine.

They also offer dessert items such as chocolate cake (notable for the rumor that mayonnaise is an ingredient) and milkshakes, and a mix of the two, the Chocolate Cake Shake, which is basically a piece of the chocolate cake blended in with a chocolate shake.

WREX reports that Portillo's :

Plans to build an 8,700 square-foot location facing East State directly east of the bank building. The restaurant needs zoning approval before it can build


No opening date has been announced as of yet, stay tuned.