Wahlburgers Restaurant, Flint, MI — June 23, 2019
Sunday was a perfect day for Flint Michigan’s first Wahlburgers grand opening. Not a cloud in the sky, people were waving Mark Wahlberg greeting signs and screaming with joy as Mark and Paul Wahlberg finally arrived at the red-carpet celebration. And there I was inside the ropes coving this big event. I love this job!
They exited a Black SUV with Mark’s bodyguard by their side, happy to see their fans. The media was lined up eager to ask questions, but it was time to cut the ribbon! Everyone crowded around while Mark pulled out a jumbo pair of green scissors to cut the grand opening ribbon. There was a five second count down then Mark cut the bright green ribbon as everyone supportively cheered and clapped for the Wahlburgers new location.
Paul thanked everyone for attending the grand opening ceremony. He stated that “Working together as a family has brought them all closer together.” Finally, a Wahlburgers has opened in Flint, Michigan, right in the center of Genesee Valley Mall.
Putting on my reporter hat, I had an important question, “Do you plan to open a restaurant in Fenton, Michigan?”. He responded, “We don’t have any plans yet, but if there is a demand we are coming of course. Absolutely!”.
Another media member asked. “Why did you pick Flint township out of all places?”. Paul responded, “I think you know; we had a unique opportunity to do something special here. This restaurant supports local job growth. I think if I grew up in Michigan it probably would have been in Flint, Michigan. To be able to share our family experience with Flint township, it was a no brainer!”
Mark fell in love with Michigan when he was working here. He shot a number of movies here and made many friends as well as good memories.
There were some fun responses from other questions posed. Mark is the best golfer out of all his brothers. Wahlsauce, their own special concoction, goes on the Wahlburger. The dream cruise is Mark’s favorite thing about Michigan, he gets to see all his favorite cars. Mark loves the atmosphere “people come out tailgating, hanging out, they even have their hot rod’s hoods open.”
After about a half hour of questions from the press Mark and Paul went around greeting their fans taking pictures, signing autographs, and just thanking everyone for showing support. Wow, I had to have my picture taken with Mark. What a day.
There are Wahlburgers located in throughout Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom.
Founded by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg, and Mark Wahlberg, Wahlburgers debuted in October 2011 in Hingham, Massachusetts. The subject of an A&E reality show, Wahlburgers offers a fun, casual, music-filled atmosphere where guests, like family, share great food, a few laughs and lots of love. While its walls celebrate the family’s story through photos and words of the Wahlberg brothers’ life journeys from Dorchester, Massachusetts neighborhood kids – to rising chef and internationally recognized celebrities – it’s the food at Wahlburgers that takes center stage. Crafted by Chef Paul and served with heartfelt hospitality, the chef inspired menu features a variety of fresh burgers, house-made condiments, crispy haddock, seared chicken and vegetarian options. Other signature items include Mom’s Sloppy Joe, thin crispy onion rings, tater tots, and thick creamy frappes and floats. Gluten-free options are available. Wahlburgers’ full-service bar is a popular gathering spot offering an impressive selection of adult frappes, cocktails, wines and beers including the signature Wahlbrewski – a Harpoon Brewery custom, unfiltered Pale Ale. Dedicated to giving back, Wahlburgers is active in every community it serves. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Wahlburgers offers full-service dining, counter service, take out and a full-service bar. For locations and more information visit wahlburgersrestaurant.com. (source: PRNewswire.com)