Mark Wahlberg to open 20 Middle East restaurants
Mark Wahlberg has revealed plans to bring Wahlbugers, his family’s burger restaurant chain, to the Middle East region.
Wahlbugers, which now has 70 restaurants in the chain, is owned by Mark and his brothers Donnie and chef Paul – who runs the business.
In January last year, Walhburgers become the subject of a US reality TV show of the same name, which took a behind-the-scenes look at the operation and expansion of a burger business.
Wahlberg, who is a producer, said the show has been good for the business, helping it to grow in the US and now has plans to expand into the Middle East region.
“We have almost 70 restaurants under contract right now, with various franchisees and deals in different places. I think we will have nine or 10 open by the end of the year in places like Fenway Park in Boston and airports in Philly and New York,” Wahlberg told Hollywood Reporter.
“We also just made a deal in the Middle East for 20 restaurants,” he added.
The original Wahlburgers opened for business in Hingham, Massachussettes, a town just outside Boston in 2011.
The family also owns and operates another restaurant named Alma Nove in Hingham, which opened prior to Wahlburgers.