Wahlburgers signs deal for Vegas restaurants

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The opening night party for Wahlburgers Restaurant in 2011. Left to right are Donnie Wahlberg, Alma Wahlberg, chef Paul Wahlberg.

Wahlburgers, a Hingham-based restaurant big on celebrity, ambitions, and ground beef, said Wednesday that it has signed a franchise agreement that calls for three restaurants to open in Las Vegas, the first one in early 2015.

Wahlburgers describes itself as a casual burger restaurant. Its founders are brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg. Donnie Wahlberg is a member of the band New Kids on the Block.  Mark Wahlberg is a movie actor. And Paul Wahlberg is executive chef of Wahlburgers.

Wahlburgers said it signed the new franchise agreement with Vegas American Hospitality Inc.


“My brothers and I have been committed to doing things right with high standards of quality from the beginning,” Paul Wahlberg said in a statement.  “We are glad to have found partners who will uphold our values and create something really special for Las Vegas residents and people from all over the world who visit this incredible destination.”

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The Wahlburgers in Hingham, the company’s only current location, opened in 2011.

Through franchise agreements, Wahlburgers said it is expecting to open new locations in Boston, Toronto, and Philadelphia as well as Las Vegas. The Toronto restaurant is set to open within the next few weeks. Over the next year, restaurants are also planned for Lynnfield and the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, the company said.

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