Portillo’s, the fast casual concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, today announces the return of an old favorite: the brand’s previously discontinued Lemon Cake. Portillo’s credits the menu item’s return to one man: Ben, a Reddit user who put up a $300 bounty on the popular website’s Chicago page for anyone with information on how to obtain the cake recipe.
Originally taken off the menu over a decade ago, the Lemon Cake will be available by the slice and whole cake from June 13 to July 31, while supplies last. Portillo’s documented Ben’s story in a video, available online now: https://youtu.be/mJsdXw_VXA4.
Following Ben’s initial Reddit post, Portillo’s reached out to him directly to share the secret recipe, and arranged for two cakes to be made especially for him. But the story didn’t end there.
“After we connected with Ben, we were inundated with messages from other customers,” says Portillo’s CEO Keith Kinsey. “We received inquiries from across the country asking us to bring the cake back. Ben’s plea for his favorite menu item really resonated with a lot of people; we couldn’t have asked for more passionate response from Portillo’s fans.”
In the coming weeks, Portillo’s will begin testing the cake as a menu item in a select number of stores, before adding the cake to the menu in all stores nationwide. Similar to the brand’s iconic Chocolate Cake, Portillo’s Lemon Cake will be baked fresh each morning in-store. The lemon cake is made of two yellow cake layers, each topped with lemon frosting. For more information, please visit www.portillos.com or follow Portillo’s on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
In 1963, Dick Portillo invested $1,100 into a small trailer to open the first Portillo’s hot dog stand in Villa Park, IL, which he called “The Dog House.” Years later, Portillo’s has grown to include restaurants in more than 40 locations across several states. Portillo’s is best known for its Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads and famous chocolate cake. The Portillo’s brand also includes Barnelli’s restaurants that serve award-winning ribs, pastas with homemade sauces, and fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads. Portillo’s ships food to all 50 states via Portillos.com. Portillo’s Home Kitchen is the company’s fast-growing catering business.
This article was released by Portillo’s.
Editor’s Note: There is a Portillos’ located at 8390 La Palma Ave. Buena Park CA 90620.