Wahlbergs to open a Wahlburgers in Toronto


Today Hingham, tomorrow the world! OK, maybe not the world, but the brothers WahlbergMark, Donnie, and chef Paulare opening another Wahlburgers north of the border. The Dorchester-bred brothers announced Wednesday they’re about to open another burger joint in Toronto’s SoHo Metropolitan Hotel. The second franchise — the first is in the commercial complex known as the Hingham Shipyard — is a collaboration with Starwood Group president Bruce Greenberg, Michael Wekerle of Difference Capital, and Metropolitan Hotels boss Henry Wu. “Having spent a lot of time in the city, we have a strong connection to Toronto and appreciate the vibrant food culture,” Paul Wahlberg said in a statement. “The Toronto Wahlburgers location will help build on that by using local purveyors to bring our menu to life.” (By that he means that the new location will use locally sourced ingredients.) We’re told that Mark and Paul Wahlberg, and some of their family and friends, will celebrate the new restaurant at an event in Toronto Sept. 9, but won’t open until next year. . . . Meanwhile, we’re told that Mark Wahlberg’s Boston-based reality show about a group of young women struggling to make ends meet has a few more weeks of filming. A&E has ordered six episodes of the untitled, unscripted series executive produced by Wahlberg, with Stephen Levinson of Leverage, Bill Thompson of Bill Thompson Productions, and veteran reality producer Stephanie Drachkovitch of 44 Blue Productions. In addition, word is Wahlberg has cast his proposed reality show based on “The Big Bang Theory,” the CBS sitcom about a group of science geeks. We’re told Wahlberg and his producers have several MIT students ready to shoot a pilot.

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