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Mexican specialty sandwich concept expands outside of airports, and will be available for pick-up and delivery at to-go food hall

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tortas Frontera, the O’Hare airport cult favorite from chef Rick Bayless, is coming to downtown Chicago through a new partnership with leading kitchen-as-a-service company, Kitchen United. Beginning on August 24th, Tortas Frontera will begin offering the same locally-sourced Mexican specialties that Chicago air travelers know and love for pickup and delivery from Kitchen United’s near north side location. In addition, pickup and delivery will also be available at Tortazo at Willis Tower – a sister brand of Tortas Frontera. Between the two locations, Tortas Frontera’s delivery radius will cover the majority of downtown Chicago.

“Over the years, I have met countless people who have shared their deep love and gratitude for Tortas Frontera, many even routing their flights through O’Hare in order to enjoy their favorite torta,” said Chef Bayless. “During this time of reduced travel, I’m thrilled to partner with Kitchen United to bring Tortas Frontera to Chicago residents where they live and work.”

Bayless, the acclaimed chef behind restaurants including Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, created Tortas Frontera to share the hand-crafted quality, local ingredients, and authentic Mexican flavors that he is known for in a fast-casual format that is ideal for the digital ordering, pickup, and delivery model required in today’s COVID operating environment.

“We’re honored to have Chef Bayless’ Tortas Frontera concept in our Chicago Kitchen Center,” said Jim Collins, CEO of Kitchen United. “Restaurant models are evolving to meet growing consumer demand for off premise dining. Tortas Frontera is part of a truly iconic Chicago restaurant family. It’s fun to be able to offer the city food from such a great brand through our Kitchen Center.”

Conveniently located at Kitchen United MIX at 831 N. Sedgwick St., Tortas Frontera is surrounded by new residential development and a strong millennial and Gen Z population.

Kitchen United offers a turnkey solution for restaurant operators who want the opportunity to increase revenue by expanding their off-premise business. Consumers can order for delivery or pick-up through digital channels, or on-site using kiosks.

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About Tortas Frontera

Explore the amazing flavors of Mexico at Tortas Frontera. Created by Chef Rick Bayless, Tortas Frontera features hand-crafted tortas, fresh-made guacamole, made-to-order soup and salad. Chef Bayless has created a menu that sets a new standard for fast casual food. Tortas Frontera combines high-quality ingredients from top local providers with recipes based on the incredible fare found in Mexico.

  • Critic’s Choice Best Reason to Fly Again 2011 (Time Out Chicago Eat Out Awards)
  • Top 10 Best Airport Restaurants 2011 (Frommer’s)
  • Ten Best Airport Restaurants (USA Today and
  • Top Ten Airport Restaurants in America (GQ Magazine)



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