The Midwest has come to Arizona and it has done so in the form of successful restaurant chains and avid sports fans.
Among the chains that have opened up local shops are Portillo’s, Steak and Shake and Grimaldi’s Brick Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria. These have been opening up all over the Phoenix metropolitan area and their fans have taken notice.
“I was ecstatic when I heard that Portillo’s was coming to Arizona,” former Portillo’s employee Devin Graham. “I used to work there and I love everything on the menu.”
Flag World & Sports owner Sid Ismail has noticed the sports trend and benefited from it.
“There are people from the Midwest in here all the time,” he said. “Chicago Cubs and White Sox memorabilia are among my best sellers.”
Editor’s note: Greg Freitas is a journalism student at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and wrote the article as a class assignment.