Quad-Cities first Portillo's restaurant is starting to look more like a restaurant.

Portillo's Davenport/Facebook
Portillo's Davenport/Facebook

According to a QCTimes.com article, construction crews began placing concrete to build the exterior of the restaurant on 53rd Street in Davenport, across from Costco Wholesale. Developers say the Chicago-style hot dog and Italian beef restaurant should open by June.

"We've made significant progress this winter, moving a lot of dirt and demolishing all of the houses. We're doing everything to make this happen, and it's coming along really well. We'll end up with five commercial lots on the site, and Portillo's will be kind of the center of development." 

Portillo's is the first business to enter the construction phase in the lot. The other businesses in the retail development would open later in 2019, developers say.

While other tenants are not yet finalized, the fast-food chain Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers will likely open next door. And, possibly a bank will be added to the site.

The Davenport restaurant will be the first Iowa location for Portillo's. Once complete the restaurant will feature a diner-themed interior, drawing inspiration from decor of the 1950's and '60's.

The 9,000-square foot restaurant will seat more than 200 people, plus include an outdoor patio and a double-lane drive-thru.

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