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The Portillo Restaurant Group

2,500 - 5,000 employees  |  
The first Portillo's hot dog stand known as "The Dog House" opened in 1963 on North Avenue in Villa Park. Owner and Founder Dick Portillo, invested $1,100 into a 6'x12' trailer without a bathroom or running water. To get the water he needed, he ran a 250 ft. hose from an adjacent building into his trailer. By 1967 "The Dog House" was a success and was ready for a new look. After it was remodeled it was renamed "Portillo's" and over the years has grown: Portillo’s expanded to Southern California in 2005 and Indiana in 2006 and has over 3600 employees. With additional units planned for California, Indiana and Illinois, by 2009 there will be 36 Portillo’s Hot Dogs, 10 Barnelli’s Pasta Bowls, 1 Key Wester Fish & Pasta House and Hemingway’s Bar, 1 Luigi’s House and Julian’s Piano Bar for a total of 48 units plus a catering division, Portillo’s Home Kitchen. The stores' decor reflect Dick Portillo's love of history. From 1920's, '30's and '50's themes, to a Colorado mine shaft he visited, to a Chicago street scene reminiscent of his old 16th and Central Park neighborhood, each restaurant has a distinctive atmosphere that is very personal to him. The Portillo Restaurant Group is the largest privately-owned restaurant company in the Midwest. This was all accomplished without franchising or investors. Over the years, Portillo's has remained a family owned business. Dick Portillo attributes much of his success to his hard-working employees and to you, the satisfied customer. He thanks you for your support.
  • Comprehensive Medical with Prescription Card
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Paid Vacation
  • 401k
  • Meal Discounts
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Vision
    His dedication to serving "the best food" and "the best service" available will make it worth your visit.
    • Name: Joann
      Title: Crew Chief

      "I'm a full-time student and they do a really good job of working with my schedule."

    • Name: MaryCruz
      Title: Cashier

      "Everything is connected and you all have to work together in order for it all to work."

    • Name: Stacie
      Title: Manager

      "Everyone wants to see you succeed, so they give you all the tools you need to get to the next level."

    • Name: Cheryl
      Title: General Manager

      "I started as a crew member and within 5 years I was promoted to a General Manager."

    • Name: Tamarion
      Title: Expeditor

      "I love working at Portillo's, it's like home."

    • Name: Ron
      Title: General Manager

      "We have a big staff, we might have as many as 60 people for a lunch shift."