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Privately held company
Industry Food service
Founded Hingham, Massachusetts, 2011
Area served
Products Hamburgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, salads, cocktails, desserts and merchandise
Services Restaurant, bar and take-out

Wahlburgers is a casual dining burger restaurant and bar. The chain has 26 restaurants[1] and the original location is in Hingham, Massachusetts, a town just outside the Boston area. It is owned by chef Paul Wahlberg in partnership with two of his brothers, actors Donnie and Mark.

The chain is the subject of the television series, Wahlburgers; on February 10, 2014, A&E ordered an initial order of 18 episodes of Wahlburgers.[2]



In 2011, an equity group that includes Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg, and Paul Wahlberg licensed the name "Wahlburger" from Tom Wahl's for use in their own restaurant.[3][4] The family also owns and operates another restaurant named Alma Nove, which opened prior to Wahlburgers. Its name is derived from the name of the brothers' mother and the fact that she had nine children ("nove" being Italian for nine).[5][6]


The first Wahlburgers opened in Hingham, Massachusetts,[7] near Alma Nove, the pre-existing restaurant operated by Paul Wahlberg.

The second Wahlburgers opened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[8][9] A soft launch occurred in early 2014 November, with the official launch happening on November 15, 2014.

Wahlburgers in Orlando, Florida

On February 18, 2016, an Orlando, Florida, location held its red carpet grand opening. Chef Paul and Mark were in attendance.[10]

In December 2014, twenty-seven new locations were planned to be opened, with seven of them being in the New York City area.[10]

Wahlburgers announced its first South Carolina location in 2016, at Myrtle Beach's Broadway at the Beach. Three more Carolinas locations are planned.[11]

In 2017, it was announced the Wahlburgers would open a store on historic Beale Street in Memphis, TN. [12]

On May 4, 2018, Wahlburgers opened a location in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.[13]

On May 22, 2018, Wahlburgers opened a location in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.[14]

In June 2018, in Jenny McCarthy's hometown of St. Charles, Illinois (west suburban Chicago), the city council approved a Wahlburgers franchise to be built in the community.

In June 2018, the company announced CEO Rick Vanzura would be leaving the chain to run another restaurant chain.[1]

Retail products[edit]

In April 2018, Wahlberg brothers agreed to market their fresh Angus brisket, chuck, and short rib blend hamburger patties in supermarkets. ARKK Food will distribute the burgers in more than 1,300 markets, including Shaw's and Star Market.[15]

TV series[edit]

Genre Reality television
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 77 (list of episodes)
Running time 21–42 minutes
Original network A&E
Original release January 22, 2014 (2014-01-22) – present (present)
Related shows Donnie Loves Jenny
External links

Main cast[edit]

  • Mark Wahlberg, actor, producer
  • Donnie Wahlberg, actor, producer, a member of New Kids On The Block
  • Paul Wahlberg, chef, actor
  • Alma McPeck Wahlberg Conroy, mother of Donnie, Mark, and Paul, actress
  • Brandon Wahlberg, nephew of Donnie, Mark, and Paul
  • Bob Wahlberg, brother of Mark, Donnie and Paul
  • Henry "Nacho" Laun, a childhood friend of the brothers
  • Johnny "Drama" Alves, a childhood friend of the brothers and an aspiring actor, miscellaneous crew, and special effects
  • Kari Burke, Paul's assistant and operations manager
  • Billy Leonard, a childhood friend of Mark and an investor in the restaurant
  • Jenny McCarthy, Donnie's wife[16] and actress, producer, and writer
  • Rhea Durham, Mark's wife[17] and model and actress
  • John Young GM (Lynnfield)

Episode overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 9 January 22, 2014 (2014-01-22) March 19, 2014 (2014-03-19)
2 9 August 13, 2014 (2014-08-13) October 8, 2014 (2014-10-08)
3 9 January 7, 2015 (2015-01-07) March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04)
4 8 July 15, 2015 (2015-07-15) September 2, 2015 (2015-09-02)
5 8 March 9, 2016 (2016-03-09) April 6, 2016 (2016-04-06)
6 8 July 6, 2016 (2016-07-06) August 24, 2016 (2016-08-24)
7 10 November 16, 2016 (2016-11-16) January 11, 2017 (2017-01-11)
8 14 August 9, 2017 (2017-08-09) September 20, 2017 (2017-09-20)
9 TBA June 13, 2018 (2018-06-13) TBA (TBA)


Allison Keene of The Hollywood Reporter said that "only a true and abiding love for the Wahlbergs will keep viewers interested."[18] Brian Lowry of Variety said the show is "generally playful, but it is just empty calories".[19] Mark A. Perigard of The Boston Herald gave the show a B-.[20]

In 2014, Wahlburgers received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.[21]


Donnie Loves Jenny is a reality television series based on the newlywed Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy's relationship and premiered on January 7, 2015.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Chesto, Jon (2018-06-11). "Wahlburgers CEO stepping down after leading group for more than six years". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  2. ^ "A&E Network Orders 18 More Episodes of 'Wahlburgers'". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tom Wahl's signs licensing agreement with Wahlberg brothers", Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, New York, 2011-08-25, ISSN 1088-5153, retrieved 2011-08-26, Tom Wahl's, which has federal trademark rights to the Wahlburger name, has signed a licensing agreement with the restaurant group that includes pop stars and actors Donnie and Mark Wahlberg and their chef-restaurateur brother, Paul. The agreement allows the Wahlbergs to name their soon-to-open burger eatery in Hingham, Mass., Wahlburgers Restaurant. 
  4. ^ "Step by Step: Chef, famous bros get fired up over Wahlburgers", Boston Herald, Boston, Massachusetts, 2011-08-24, ISSN 0738-5854, retrieved 2011-08-29, St. Croix said the restaurant’s ownership approached Tom Wahl’s, a chain of burger joints based in Rochester, N.Y., a few months ago after they discovered it sold a product called the "Wahlburger." 
  5. ^ Grow, Kory (November 12, 2013). "Mark and Donnie Wahlberg to Serve Up 'Wahlburgers' on TV". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Kuperinsky, Amy (January 23, 2014). "Well done: 'Wahlburgers' gives a prime look at the brothers Wahlberg". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Wahlburgers - Official Site for the Boston Burger Restaurant » Want a burger restaurant in Boston? Come in to Wahlburgers for gourmet burgers, drinks and fun!". Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Grand Opening, Eh?". Wahlburgers. 4 March 2015. 
  9. ^ http://wahlburgers.ca/
  10. ^ a b Chesto, John (December 4, 2014). "Wahlburgers cooks up ambitious expansion plan". 
  11. ^ "Wahlburgers heading to Broadway at the Beach's Celebrity Square". The Sun News. May 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Wahlburgers opening Beale Street location". News Channel 3. June 19, 2017. 
  13. ^ The News & Observer, Wahlburgers is open for business. Here's our peek inside. by Drew Jackson, May 4, 2018, Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "Mark and Donnie Wahlberg to roll out Wahlburgers with Mall of America appearance". twincities.com. May 9, 2018. 
  15. ^ Chesto, Jon (2018-04-24). "Wahlburgers looks to expand into retail business". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2018-04-24. 
  16. ^ Tan, Michelle. "Jenny McCarthy Engaged to Donnie Wahlberg". People Magazine. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "News - Mark Wahlberg, Rhea Durham Expecting Fourth Child - Celebrity News". UsMagazine.com. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  18. ^ "Wahlburgers: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. January 22, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  19. ^ "TV Review: 'Wahlburgers'". Variety. January 21, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Mama's boys battle it out on 'Wahlburgers'". The Boston Herald. January 22, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Emmy Awards 2014: the nominations in full". Daily Telegraph. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  22. ^ Nellie Andreeva (11 November 2014). "A&E Orders 'Donnie Loves Jennifer' Reality Series As Part Of Development Deal With Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy". Deadline.com. 

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