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Raleigh’s Wahlburgers has closed

The celebrity-founded Wahlburgers restaurant, which opened to great anticipation in May 2018, has closed according to a post on its Facebook page.
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The celebrity-founded Wahlburgers restaurant, which opened to great anticipation in May 2018, has closed according to a post on its Facebook page.

It took Wahlburgers two years to open in downtown Raleigh and seven months to close.

The much-hyped burger house from the Wahlberg family of Mark, Donnie and Paul has closed its Raleigh location on Fayetteville Street after opening in May, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page Friday morning.

“To our Wahl Family in Raleigh: Our Wahlburgers location in Raleigh has closed for business. We thank you all for supporting & visiting us and look forward to seeing you again at one of our other restaurants across the US or in Canada!”

Raleigh’s Wahlburgers was one of the city’s most anticipated restaurants last year, opening to great interest and some consternation. The restaurant group has its own reality TV series and the public backing of the famous brothers.

But the Wahlberg brothers never visited the Raleigh location and the hype seemed to wane once it finally opened.

The Raleigh Wahlburgers was owned by franchisee Greg Pranzo, operating under the name Carolina Burger Company, which also includes a location in Myrtle Beach.

Pranzo, reached by phone Friday, declined to comment on the restaurant’s closing.

The restaurant first announced in 2016 that it planned to come to Raleigh, but the build out took some time, sitting largely untouched for most of the next year, then beginning in earnest at the end of 2017 ahead of a spring opening this year.

There were plans to open more Wahlburgers within the group, with corporate filings submitted for a location in Charlotte and intentions to move into Nashville, Memphis and San Diego.

Donnie Wahlberg, an actor on CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” will still come to Raleigh in 2019, however. His New Kids on the Block, the wildly popular ’80s boy band, is leading the Mixtape Tour at Raleigh’s PNC Arena on July 7.

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Drew Jackson writes about restaurants and dining for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun, covering the food scene in the Triangle and North Carolina.

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