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Star of CNBC's 'The Profit' Eyes Portillo’s Purchase

Lake Forest millionaire Marcus Lemonis says he’s interested in buying the restaurant chain.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

Lake Forest’s Marcus Lemonis is considering a bid to buy the Portillo’s chain of 38 restaurants, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Lemonis, a self-made millionaire in the RV and camping gear business, is the star of CNBC’s “The Profit.”

Richard Portillo announced recently that he is evaluating a sale of the popular Oak Brook-based company.

Lemonis already owns a small local restaurant chain — Rose’s Wheat-Free Bakery & Café, with locations in Evanston and Highland Park. An attempt to buy another Highland Park restaurant, In the Raw, resulted in a dispute between Lemonis and the owners that ended up in court.

Lemonis Tweeted his interest in Portillo’s earlier this week. “I'm gonna throw my name in the hat on this one,” he wrote.

He added in an interview with the Tribune that Portillo’s is certainly a cheaper purchase than the L.A. Clippers.

You can read the full Tribune article here.

And you can read more about Lemonis’ background in a Patch interview here.

Oldreddog May 04, 2014 at 10:09 AM
You buy it , I won't go there again.
Ex Jolietian May 04, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Yeah... you should boycott them... I'll keep going there.
J. Geoff Rove May 04, 2014 at 04:22 PM
As long as my mail box gets fewer junk cards from Lake Forest puppet PACs.
Oliver P. McCracken May 05, 2014 at 02:34 PM
When out riding in my Stutz Bearcat, there is nothing I enjoy less than fussing with the long lines, high prices, and mediocre food being peddled by that horrid place. I would much rather spend my hard-earned money at a truly local establishment, such as Poochie's where the girls are comely and the cheddar sharp, or Dengeo's where the ladies are sharp and the gyro sandwiches are saucy, or even Herm's palace of frankfurters where there may be no saucy or comely lasses, but there are tasty calories galore!
Grandpamike May 05, 2014 at 04:27 PM
@Oliver Well played, sir or madam, well played. The bard could not have said it any better. Bravo.

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