Portillo's rolls out delivery in Merrillville

The Portillo's in Merrillville now delivers.

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Every dog has his day, even fans of Portillo's hot dogs in Northwest Indiana.

The popular Chicago-style fast-casual dog house at 555 E. 81st Ave. in Merrillville is finally going to delivery its Chicago-style hot dogs, Maxwell Street Polishes, Italian beef sandwiches, chocolate cake and cake shakes directly to customers' doors for a $5 delivery fee. The Merrillville Portillo's will deliver within a 30-minute radius, which includes most of Lake County and Portage.

Portillo's started home delivery nationwide in November, but it didn't include the popular Merrillville location that lines of cars frequently wrap around. The DoorDash delivery platform didn't have a presence in Merrillville at the time, but now it does.

“Our new delivery offering continues the tradition of innovation set forward by our company’s founder, Dick Portillo,” CEO Keith Kinsey said. “From our unique ordering system, to our double drive-thru lanes staffed with outside employees, Portillo’s has consistently innovated our systems to provide our guests with convenient ways to enjoy our iconic menu items."

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People can go online to portillos.com to see if the Merrillville location will deliver to them. Online orders can be placed on both the Portillo's and DoorDash websites and apps, which can be downloaded from iTunes or Android.

For more information, call 219-769-8300 or visit portillos.com.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.