Wahlburgers Announces Plans for Las Vegas Expansion

09/24/2014 at 01:24 PM ET

Donnie and Mark Wahlberg
Courtesy Wahlburgers

To fortify them for another round of blackjack or slots, revelers in Las Vegas will soon have another option for sustenance: Wahlburgers, the burger company started by brothers Donnie, Mark and chef Paul Wahlberg, has just announced plans to open there.

The brand, which is the focus of the same-named Emmy-nominated A&E reality show, currently has one outpost in Hingham, Massachusetts, outside Boston, although the company says that it has received thousands of franchise requests since its 2011 launch. Earlier this year it also announced franchise agreements in Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia.

The first Vegas location, whose location has yet to be disclosed, will start serving in early 2015, with two others to follow within five years. The three new restaurants will all have outdoor seating and, like the Hingham restaurant, offer a mix of fast-casual and full-service dining styles as well as another Sin City essential: A fully stocked bar.

The menu will feature massive burgers like the double decker (below), a half-pounder that’s made with cheese, special Wahl sauce, pickles, lettuce, tomato and onion:

Double Decker Wahlburger
Courtesy Wahlburgers

We can only imagine the antics that will occur when the show presumably begins filming in Vegas, especially if Donnie Wahlberg’s wife Jenny McCarthy, whom he married last month, has anything to do with it.

But although a restaurant in the middle of a thrumming, nonstop party town like Vegas sounds about as glittery as it gets, Paul Wahlberg can’t help but sound like a regular guy from Boston when he talks about his family business. “In the end, it’s not about the money, it’s not about the glamour, it’s not about the glitz, it’s about the connection we make as family, that we make as friends—that’s something I’m never going to forget,” said Paul Walhberg in an exclusive video for PEOPLE.

—Lexi Dwyer

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Kimberly on

I’m in awe of this family. Their show is amazing, funny, sweet, and so entertaining to watch! They are such down to earth people, it’s a side of celebrity life you don’t really get to see and it’s so nice to see! I hope to one day visit one of their restaurant locations.🙂

locken on

I would like these people to die, along with everyone else who raises/tortures/imprisons/slaughters cows and pigs. And there’s a TV show about it? The average American meat eater is responsible for one and a half tons more greenhouse gas than someone who eats no meat. If you grow corn and eat it, you expend 2.2 calories of energy to yield one calorie of protein. but if you process the corn, feed it to a cow, and then take into account land use, petroleum-based veritilizers, machinery, transport, antibiotics, and water, you’re responsible for 40 calories of energy to produce one calorie of protein. And most of the burger eaters are overweight and have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and red meat is a huge risk factor for many cancers. Oh, and pigs? They are smarter and more sensitive than dogs: why not slice up your Golden Retriever to make dog bacon? There is no win for anyone, unless you making money from meat a win. I don’t.

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