Portillo’s expected to open its Avondale location August 15

Portillo's is expected to open in August 2019. (Submitted photo)

As Portillo’s gets ready to open its first West Valley location, an opening date has been announced.

The Chicago-style food chain is set to open its 61st location in Avondale Thursday Aug. 15, said Jeff Deppe, director of New Restaurant Openings for Portillo’s.

The Avondale location is expected to hire between 150 and 200 employees.

Mr. Deppe said they have been hiring for about two weeks and have received about 1,400 applications as of Friday. They are expecting to interview potential employees this week and next week.

The other restaurant locations in Arizona are in Tempe and Scottsdale. Portillo’s has a stand at Chase Field in Phoenix.

The Avondale location, 10331 W. McDowell Road, is southwest of the intersection of 103rd Avenue and McDowell Road, next to Starbucks and Jersey Mike’s Subs, and near Main Event.

According to its Fun Facts & Figures, Portillo’s employs about 6,000 people and produces 200,000 pounds of Italian beef each week between its commissaries in Addison and Aurora, both in Illinois.

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