Marky Mark and family are bringing their Wahlburgers to the UK.
No, that’s not our pun, although we do highly approve. The restaurant literally is called Wahlburgers, and soon enough, it’ll be opening in Covent Garden. The burger restaurant is the creation of the Brothers Wahlberg: film star Mark, once of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (put it into Youtube if you’re too young to remember), Donnie, formerly of New Kids on the Block (again, Youtube ’em), and Paul, who as far as I can tell has never been in a band, but is a dab hand at cooking. Which probably makes him the most crucial brother for this adventure.
Since 2011, the brothers have owned and operated Wahlburgers in 24 locations across the US and Canada. Now, they’re following the lead of Shake Shack, Five Guys, and the rest of the US burger gang in making the move across the pond. Wahlburgers has already secured a prime location at 8-9 James Street, and they’re planning to refurbish it this summer in time for an opening in early autumn.
No word yet on the Wahlburger favourites which will make the hop across the Atlantic. The US menu is unsurprisingly heavy on American classics, but with some more exotic fare like the Thanksgiving Turkey Burger and a decent range of sandwiches. The ‘Wahl sauce’ also makes a fair few appearances, but I’ve frankly got no idea what’s in it. Salads and sides (such as the distinctly American tater tots) might make the trip, and the puns continue on the children’s menu with the likes of Smahlburgers. If the launch of nearby by Chloe was anything to go by, expect to see some British-themed offerings make an appearance too.
You’ll have to wait until autumn to get your hands on the Wahlburgers, but there is a way to see what’s on offer before then. Wahlburgers is also the name of the reality TV show which follows the ups and downs of the family business, and it’s impressively run for eight seasons now. Honestly, it’s your best chance to preview the offerings of these new kids on the block.
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