Burgers for Everyone! Wahlburgers Will Open 100 to 150 New Restaurants Nationwide

12/16/2015 at 11:12 AM ET


Wahlburgers, the burger chain started by brothers DonnieMark and chef Paul Wahlberg is expanding in a big way.

A representative for the Massachusetts-based burger eatery confirmed to PEOPLE that the chain will add 100 to 150 more restaurants over the next five years.

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The company—which currently has five locations in Massachusetts, New York and Toronto—has plans to open restaurants in Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Orlando, Manhattan and Washington D.C. in the near future. And according to Business Insider, they intend on expanding to 300 locations overseas.

The success of Wahlburgers is largely due to the Emmy-nominated reality show based on the restaurant, says CEO Rick Vanzura.

“It has certainly been a huge promotional vehicle,” he told Business Insider. “We saw an immediate increase in sales with the show. And Mark and Donnie understand the importance of the show to the brand so they have done everything they can to promote the show.”

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But of course that also means chef Paul’s food—like their signature burger with “wahl sauce”—has to be up to par to compete with chains like Shake Shack and Five Guys.

“We’re just fortunate that people are interested in it,” he said last year. “The family name has some celebrity status to it. But we still have to live up to that.”

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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Linda on

Of course no one talks about the hate crime he partipated in the 90’s RIGHT

Melissa on

Linda, people shouldn’t be defined by their crimes. He paid for his crime. Move on.

I’m sure at some point you’ve committed an atrocity that you wouldn’t want to hang over your head forever. Please grow up.

Joe on

Linda; it was no hate crime. It was 1988 and he was 16 and stole beer. It just so happened he stole the beer from two Chinks who didn’t want him to steal their beer. Moveon.

BmoreMomma on

Linda, who cares! That incident and I are the same age. The guy forgave him yrs ago so why bring it up. Move on lady, geez

Rebecca on

They need to put one in Versailles, Kentucky

jen on

I love Paul! He is the real talent here! Wishing them the best!

Kim on

Wahlburgers needs to come to Chicago!!!! Who here in Chicago does not like a burger? We all do plus this is an awesome city for an awesome restaurant!! I know I would be there eating if not trying to get a job.

Angie Brown on

Finally!! Get those Wahlburgers open guys!! We’d all like a chance to try it!! Scout a location in St. Louis, MO!! We would be sooo happy!!

Guest on

Never understand why people (Linda) insist on bringing up the past! Stuff happens when you are young and dumb, you work it out and move on! Meanwhile back at Wahlburgers…hope to see them in the New Orleans area during their expansion!

Lauren on

Donnie lives in Illinois now – Why are they not opening one here?

isabelle on

Nevermind Toronto, we need one in MONTREAL!! Now Paul could tackle some good old fashion poutine AND a “French” type burger, no?? 🙂

mary on

Joe: It as a hate crime..and it wasn’t just stealing beer. Mark beat the man to a pulp and almost blinded the poor fella. I wouldn’t support these douchebags with my money. He beat my people so nope won’t be forgiven. If it had been a black guy who beat your brother or cousin..im sure it would hit close to home. So…Move on.

Katie on

Can you put one at foxwoods or mohegan sun please!!!

Joyce on

Can we get one in Boise or Meridian, Idaho please!

Amy on

Didn’t see a full list of locations but I’m guessing there won’t be one in Kansas. Y’all need to rethink that decision. We love y’all out here and need you to bring that good food to town (I vote for Salina Kansas)! We aren’t just a flyover state! I understand you all are running a business but there is money to be made here and all of us foodies need a place to go for a really good burger! Perfect fit! Hoping and praying to see one here soon 🙏👍

Michelle Miller on

Hopefully one will come to Harrisonburg Va!☺️

TerryDoo22 on

Looking forward to the one in Orlando or south Florida!

Brian Crisp on

Wow Linda I hope you can walk on water.

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