In a move that possibly no one saw coming—but then, it is 2021 and anything is possible—Mark Wahlberg is bringing his brassy American burger chain to Australia and New Zealand this year.
If you didn’t know that The Departed actor and Oscar nominee owned a slew of burger restaurants in the U.S, honestly, same—but let us catch you up. Called Wahlburgers, Marky Mark owns the chain along with his brothers Paul and Donnie, and, naturally, it was supported by a reality TV show of the same name, which ran for a whopping 10 seasons (not kidding). Wahlburgers first opened up shop in Hingham, Massachusetts, after licensing the name “Wahlburger” from Tom Wahls (if you’re getting vibes of The Founder, you could be on the right track here).
These days, there are around 50 Wahlburgers across the States, Europe, and Canada—and now, in partnership with United Cinemas, the Wahlberg brothers will be unleashing about 20 standalone restaurants in Australia and New Zealand, as well as some cinema complex outposts.
First location? The Sydney CBD.
For one, it explains why Mark Wahlberg has been spotted in Sydney gyms and Byron Bay of late. But if you’re wondering whether these burgs are a match for any one of the bloody epic stacks from Melbourne’s homegrown burger scene—well, you’ll just have to wait and see.
Wahlburgers is known for its hefty beef burgers, loaded tater tots, boozy shakes, and house beer. It also servers other uber American things like sloppy Joes, chilli mac and cheese, and a turkey burger, which means, if we're in for the same menu, it could be a lil' culture trip if nothing else.
The menu, location, and opening dates are all TBC, so stay tuned.
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