A popular Chicago-based fast-casual restaurant chain is growing its Indiana footprint. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report Portillo’s is planning a new location in Schererville as part of a mixed-use development along U.S. 41.
The new location still requires local approval before construction can begin. If approved, the restaurant will be built in the Oak District Development, which the publication says will also feature an Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, and a future phase that will include retail, office and commercial space.
Plans for a Portillo’s location were originally planned for a 16-acre development in the city in the late 2000s, but the project was delayed due to the Great Recession, according to The Times. The chain also has a location in Merrillville, in addition to restaurants in Mishawaka, Indianapolis, Fishers, Avon, Fort Wayne, and its most recent location in Westfield.
The publication reports Portillo’s will appear before the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals later this month to request a use variance.