Marky Mark’s Wahlburgers to open near Greektown Casino in 4 weeks
Detroit Free Press staff writer JC Reindl contributed to this report. June 27, 2016
Wahlburgers has set a date to open its doors in Greektown, sort of.
The restaurant, part of the chain started by Mark Wahlberg and his brothers, is “on track to open in July” on Monroe Street near Greektown Casino, JACK Entertainment, which oversees the casino, said Saturday in a news release.
An excited Wahlberg, who is in town filming the next “Transformers” movie and also filmed scenes Saturday for his A&E reality show about the burger chain, took to Twitter to say: “Love this city! Excited to open @Wahlburgers next month in Detroit.”
In a video released by JACK, Wahlberg also said, “I don’t know why everybody at home, or wherever you are watching us … can’t come … down here and hang out.”
The actor continued: “We’re shooting the movie in town so we’re here every night . … Come down. God bless you guys. Thank you.”
Wahlburgers is a fast-growing burger chain that was started in Massachusetts in 2011 by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg. It’s also the subject of the A&E reality show following the progress of the restaurant.
Earlier this year, Wahlberg said he was working with Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert to open the restaurant.
“I’ve been nice enough to get Dan Gilbert to give me a nice location,” Wahlberg said in the Fox 2 interview.
“As Mark Wahlberg stated, we are working very closely with Mark and Wahlburgers to create a great location for them in the Greektown area,” Dan Mullen, Bedrock’s executive vice president, said in a statement.
Representatives for the Wahlburgers company were not immediately available for comment.
The CEO of Wahlburgers at the time told the media site Business Insider that his chain could add 100 to 150 new locations in the next five years. Its current locations outside of Massachusetts are New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Toronto.