Portillo’s has announced that they’ll be opening one of their beloved restaurants in Champaign in late May. While most Illini are ecstatic to have their hometown comfort food just a short drive off campus, some students from the graduating Class of 2017 have expressed great disdain toward the news.
Senior Vicente Como described the opening date being slated for only a few short weeks after his graduation date as “a slap in the face.”
“I mean, the only reason I ever went home while I was down here was to get a chocolate cake shake and now you’re telling me that right when I leave they’ll open one? You’ve got to be kidding me,” Como cried. “This would’ve been a huge help for finals week, but now I have no idea how I’ll get through it.”
Como went on to say he’ll be living with his parents in the suburbs until he finds a job, and hopes to get his fill of Portillo’s there.
Other graduating seniors have taken more drastic measures, such as Kelly Sochi, who turned down a job offer in order to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Illinois as well as to be closer to her favorite restaurant.
“The place that I was going to work was in Jackson, Mississippi, and instead of Portillo’s, they just have poor dental hygiene,” noted Sochi. “I’m already burdened with a buttload of student debt so I might as well bury myself further and forgo entering the real world for a couple more years.”