One of the most anticipated groundbreakings in Mishawaka’s history took place Thursday.
Mayor Dave Wood joined local business leaders and members of Portillo’s in breaking ground for their new Mishawaka location. The Chicago icon will be building a location on North Main Street right next to the Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.
Mayor Wood says Portillo’s arrival is more than just opening a restaurant.
“We know that this will bring people in…to our community from far away,” Wood proclaimed during a press conference Thursday. “It’s that kind of restaurant, that kind of use, that kind of destination.”
The restaurant will feature a blend of South Bend-area and Prohibition-era decor, including a classic Studebaker in the restaurant.
Portillo’s officials are targeting a late summer opening in 2018.