The new Portillo's restaurant, east of Jersey Ridge on 53rd Street in Davenport, has launched a soft opening. The official grand opening is about three weeks away, but the restaurant is now open to the public.

DAVENPORT — Even before the official opening of the new Portillo's' restaurant at 2741 E. 53rd St., Jeff Deppe, director of new restaurant operations, said he is expecting record sales.

“We had a line out the door (Friday) and a line through the drive-thru, and we’re looking at this restaurant already making some of the top sales in our company right now,” Deppe said. “The city of Davenport has come out in full force.”

Portillo’s is holding a soft opening ahead of its grand opening scheduled for 10:30 a.m. June 13.

Deppe said Portillo's is offering a full menu and full business hours during the soft opening, which is occurring while the restaurant's 150 employees are trained. 

The chain was founded as a hot dog stand in Villa Park, Ill., by Dick Portillo in 1963. The Davenport restaurant will be the company's 60th location. 


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