Diekman, who died last week, had recently celebrated her 100th birthday at Portillo's. She also kept a photo taken at the grand opening of the Elgin location's 2013 grand opening of herself with the chain's founder, Dick Portillo, at her bedside. When asked for the key to her longevity, she said simply, "Portillo's," and later explained that it probably had something to do with going to bed early, eating well, going to church, and having a lot of friends, per the paper.
With that said, it sounds like it's time to clink some hot dogs together and say cheers to becoming centenarians.
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