Area fans of Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg and New Kids on the Block heartthrob Donnie Wahlberg will have to wait longer than expected to enjoy the burgers that bear their name. Wahlburgers, a restaurant chain they co-founded with their chef brother Paul Wahlberg, has delayed its grand opening in D.C. until sometime this fall.
The Hingham, Mass.-based restaurant chain will occupy the 6,500-square-foot space at 1 Dupont Circle NW, formerly home to Ping Pong Dim Sum. But issues with “the lease and the contracts” held up the process, according to Wahlburgers president and chief operating officer Maurizio Marfoglia.
Restaurant spokesperson Mindy Valone also blamed “permitting” delays for change from the originally scheduled spring opening. Construction is expected to start next week.
The restaurant has locations in eight states and plans to open another D.C. area spot in Arlington’s Ballston Commons mall later this year. The early days of Wahlburgers were documented in a 2014 A&E reality show of the same name.