Mark Wahlberg’s burger place has closed in Toronto

After nearly a decade of serving burgers in the heart of the city, Wahlburgers is wrapping up its run.

A representative from Wahlburgers Canada recently took to social media to share the news.

“It’s time. After a successful 9-year run, Wahlburgers Toronto will close, effective immediately. The decision to close presented itself organically as an evolution of business and lifestyle in our beloved city; it just feels like now is the right time to say goodbye,” the post read.

Situated at 46 Blue Jays Way near the Rogers Centre, this Toronto burger spot was the first expansion of Wahlburgers, led by Paul Wahlberg, the brother of actors Donnie and Mark.

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“Over the past decade, we’ve hosted countless dinners, parties, and even a few that made it to TV! It’s been an unforgettable journey. Thanks for the memories,” the post continued.

Wahlburgers, conceived by award-winning actor Mark Wahlberg in collaboration with his brothers Donnie Wahlberg and chef Paul Wahlberg, draws inspiration from the family’s affection for laid-back comfort food, reminiscent of their upbringing in Boston.

Expressing gratitude for the support received over the years, the post continued, “Opening Wahlburgers’ first franchise location and serving quality comfort food to Canadians has been the pleasure of a lifetime and also a wild ride.”

In the midst of the shutdown, there’s a positive note for enthusiasts – the lone remaining Wahlburgers outpost at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport will remain in operation.

Originally launched in Massachusetts in 2011, Wahlburgers quickly expanded, and Toronto became its inaugural franchise in 2014. Despite surpassing 50 locations by 2021, the closure of establishments in New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania has now left each of these states with only one surviving Wahlburgers restaurant.

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