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When is Portillo's Opening in New Lenox?

The popular restaurant will open its doors soon in the retail center with Target and Lowe's. Find out when you get your favorites!

The announcement that Portillo's chose New Lenox over other area towns excited residents and got their mouths watering in anticipation of the restaurant's opening.

That time is near: A ribbon-cutting will mark Portillo's opening at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, and the doors will open to customers immediately following. Mayor Tim Baldermann announced the date at Monday's Village Board meeting. 

Portillo's will open in the New Lenox Retail Center, which is anchored by and .

"We're excited to have them," Baldermann said, adding that his favorite is the beef and cheddar sandwich. 

And Portillo's is excited to be here. So much so that president Dick Portillo it would have received from the village. 

Trustees approved sales tax kickbacks that made New Lenox competitive with other possible locations for the restaurant, but after hearing about programs such as the village's property tax rebate, Portillo decided to give back the incentives. A couple of local restaurant owners said they were upset with the chain getting tax incentives. 

Regardless, the restaurant set an aggressive construction schedule and is just about ready to go. What's your favorite item on the menu? 

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Lily Addison September 19, 2012 at 01:33 AM
You said it. Neighboring towns are land-locked and have been for years. This is why I built a home in New Lenox. To avoid traffic and large neon signs etc. This town has been here over 50 years and just started developing like this after our "Superhighway". Did you notice that highway never has traffic? Did you read the article about it being the least used multi million dollar expansion? Obviously we as tax payers have had to pay for this. The cost should justify the need. I do use the highway occasionally, but it only saves me 10 minutes and costs me $2.00. So yes, I am upset that this town is moving forward with expansions like this that do not bring in revenue but divide the revenue already created by hard working people who have lived here and developed businesses here for over 20 years in our community. Those people are my neighbors and fellow residents. I am lucky our jobs are not at stake for yet another place that makes our beautiful town look like the overdeveloped towns of Tinley Park and Orland! We already have many wonderful full scale restaurants in our town, that I'm sure appreciate our business. I'm not saying development is not necessary, but on this scale? People moved this far south to get away from all of the land-locked over developed towns, not to have franchises follow them. If I wanted that, I would have built my home 20 years ago in Orland Park, close to my job.
Lily Addison September 19, 2012 at 01:33 AM
As for waking up JP, I did today to front page news of our mayor taking advantage of tax dollars for a disability while still working 3 jobs and running a 5k race this summer. So thank you very much for your opinion, but I will stick to mine on how a place was able to develop next to homes with 5 neon signs that obviously don't meet ordinance. I wonder now how we got Portillos and Mokena didn't? Can we say kickback to our town government? Or am I wrong about that too?
Nancy McWilliams September 23, 2012 at 01:18 PM
It appears to be too small of a lot for the size of building. It will make that parking lot dangerous. They must have "purchased" a variance.
Nancy McWilliams September 23, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I live 5 miles from the new Portillos and picked -up my first litter from them today in my yard- not even a week-old place ! It was a Styrofoam cup- i didn't know fast-food joints still used those horrible things.
Alice Eggett September 23, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Welcome Portillo's to New Lenox and I will stop by occasionally so please give me a better salad selection........

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