Chicago chain Portillo's announces Tampa location after Blackhawks win

Tuesday June 16th, 2015

Chicago's popular restaurant chain Portillo's plans to open a new restaurant next year in Tampa, according to a full-page ad in Tuesday's Tampa Bay Times.The announcement comes just one day after the Tampa Bay Lightning dropped a six-game series to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final.

"Let’s be frank: No matter whose jersey you’re wearing, everyone will be welcome," the announcement read. "We hope you don’t have a beef against us or our hometown team. Perhaps this will land us in hot water, but we think you’ll agree that our food truly cuts the mustard.​"

The restaurant, best known for its Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches, only has five locations outside of Illinois. The Tampa restaurant will be the first in Florida.

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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Partners bought the company in July 2014 for a deal nearly worth $1 billion.

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