PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Actor Mark Wahlberg says he’s a “big fan of Pittsburgh,” and he’s proving it by serving up some grub.
Wahlburgers, a burger chain founded by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg with brothers Mark and Donnie, will be opening two Pittsburgh locations.
One is expected to open before the end of the year. Specific restaurant locations are yet to be disclosed, but development sources tell KDKA that one will be in the Cranberry area, while another will be in the South Hills.
“I’m a big fan of Pittsburgh. It’s a great city with hardworking people that deserve our best. We look forward to bringing Wahlburgers to the area and seeing the Steelers and Patriots meet in next year’s playoffs,” said Mark Wahlberg.
The menu is bound to play well in the ‘Burgh: A variety of tasty burgers as well as sandwiches, salads, vegetarian options and homestyle side dishes such as Tater Tots, Mac n’ Cheese with Smoked Bacon, and Alma’s Classic Macaroni Salad. All of the burgers are made fresh and topped with house-made condiments.
“Kind of like a Five Guys, but way better, I guess is the best way I would describe it,” said Michael Babboni, who recently ate at the Detroit location.
Another plus? Wahlburgers’ full-service bar with widescreen TVs offers a wide selection of wine and beer, specialty cocktails, and an assortment of alcoholic frappes.
“We offer both full-serve and quick serve options, we have a full bar, it’s a more upscale look than people are used to in the burger category,” said CEO Rick Vanzura.