August 13, 2019
Three years after opening up shop in Northern Liberties, burger chain Wahlburgers abruptly closed for business.
The 5,000-square-foot restaurant, owned by celebrity brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlburg, announced the closure Tuesday afternoon on Facebook.
Wahlburgers opened with much fanfare after Mark Wahlburg personally came to Philadelphia to serve up burgers from a food truck. It was seen as an heir apparent to the former PYT Burger in the Piazza, now Schmidt's Commons, where ex-Eagles running back LeSean McCoy famously got called out for leaving a server a 20-cent tip.
The location simply hasn't been able to sustain burger joints, in part because Standard Tap has remained the neighborhood's go-to restaurant and bar for burgers.
What happens with the space next will be an interesting process to watch. The property was previously occupied by Darling's Diner.
The Wahlberg brothers' expansion of Wahlburgers to Philadelphia, New York, Las Vegas and Cleveland led a to a lawsuit earlier this year from business associates who helped develop the restaurant concept when it first opened in Hingham, Massachusetts. The brothers, who have a reality TV show based around the burger joint, have vowed to fight the suit.