In 1963, Dick Portillo built a six-by-twelve-foot trailer with no running water or bathroom and opened a simple hot dog stand in Villa Park, Illinois. He called it The Dog House. More than fifty years and fifty locations later, his namesake Portillo's restaurants are a Windy City institution, famous for perfect, Chicago-style dogs. In Out of the Dog House, Portillo tells the incredible story of his life, sharing the ingenuity and hard-earned wisdom that went into building a beloved restaurant chain. From a modest childhood as the son of Greek and Mexican immigrants, to the core principles that became essential in growing a national business, this is a singular, at times surprising, tale of how one man crafted his own American dream, one hot dog at a time.
About the Author
Dick Portillo is the founder of the iconic Portillo's restaurant chain, which serves its famous Chicago-style hot dogs in more than fifty-three locations nationwide. An eleven-time New York Times bestselling author, Don Yaeger is an award-winning certified speaking professional, executive coach, and team culture expert. He is a contributor to Forbes and a former editor of Sports Illustrated.