October 15, 2016
By Rick Romell of the Journal Sentinel
Casual restaurant chain Portillo’s plans to open a location in Brookfield, bringing its Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef to Wisconsin for the first time.
Illinois-based Portillo’s has submitted plans for a restaurant on Blue Mound Road west of Calhoun Road, in the Shoppes at The Corridor project being developed by Irgens Development Partners LLC.
The restaurant is expected to open in the second half of 2016. In a statement, Portillo’s said the Brookfield location would feature “a modern take on a 1950s diner,” and include references to Blue Mound Road history.
Portillo’s has 40 restaurants, the great majority of them in Illinois. The firm has announced plans to open three more, including the one in Brookfield.
The Corridor is one of five major retail projects underway along the already-bustling Blue Mound Road strip. The mixed-use development by Irgens, to be completed over seven years, will include 136,000 square feet of retail space, as well as extensive office space and a hotel. A 50,000-square-foot Dick’s Sporting Goods will anchor the first retail building.
The Corridor would be worth an estimated $142.7 million if all phases are completed. The City of Brookfield is providing Irgens $7.4 million in aid. The development’s property taxes from its $48 million initial phase are expected to repay the city money within 16 years.