A new set of renderings is offering a sneak peek at the look and feel of a new Portillo’s restaurant coming to Lady Lake.
The renderings have been submitted to the Town of Lady Lake and are likely only to fan the flames of excitement felt by residents who have been longing for the familiar taste of a longtime Chicago favorite.
The restaurant will be constructed on 3.51 acres along U.S. Hwy. 27/441, southeast of Tire Kingdom. The vacant parcel, commonly referenced as the Mayfield property, will be the site of the new 7,800-square-foot restaurant which will seat 226 patrons and provide drive-through ordering. The restaurant will also offer outdoor patio seating.
The renderings show how much space and effort will be devoted to the drive-thru. Since COVID-19, restaurants have increasingly expanded their drive-thru operations, including the recently renovated Chick-fil-A restaurant at Rolling Acres Plaza. Portillo’s drive-thru operations are completely cashless, so customers must pay with credit, debit or gift cards. The company said it made the change for the safety of its employees. Cash is still accepted inside Portillo’s restaurants.
The timetable for the construction of the new restaurant has not been announced, but Portillo’s is said to be eager to get the Lady Lake project moving. Portillo’s is also building a new restaurant in Clermont.