Wahlberg also presents a check to the One Orlando Fund
ORLANDO, Fla. Donnie Wahlberg visited Central Florida on Thursday, April 6 to ofﬁcially mark the grand opening of Wahlburgers at Waterford Lakes Town Center, the second in Orlando. The celebration included a VIP event as well as an outdoor party featuring live entertainment, food and plenty of fans.“When my brothers came down to open the downtown location and I couldn’t come, I was very jealous because I love this city,” Wahlberg said. “We were incredibly proud to open our ﬁrst Wahlburgers down here in Orlando. We knew this is a great city, it’s a fun city, it’s an up-and-coming city, and it’s really become one of the major cities in the country in the last decade or so."Following the June 2016 tragedy at Pulse nightclub, Wahlburgers Orlando raised $25,402 in t-shirt sales for the One Orlando Fund. In addition, Donnie Wahlberg personally contributed an additional $25,000. Both checks were presented on stage during Thursday’s event.Wahlberg said, "I'm so grateful to the many generous guests of Wahlburgers who purchased #OrlandoStrong t-shirts to help the victims still struggling in the wake of the horrible Pulse tragedy. It tells a lot about a city how they respond to challenging times. In the Pulse nightclub situation, we saw what the city is made of.”
During his visit, Donnie Wahlberg visited Wahlburgers in Downtown Orlando to surprise guests and visit the staff. He also spent time ﬁlming for Wahlburgers on A&E. The episode, featuring Central Florida, will most likely air later this spring.“Any excuse I have to go to Orlando is always a good excuse. Other than Boston, this is the ﬁrst one (city) with two so it's a pretty big deal for us,” concluded Wahlberg.Wahlburgers Waterford Lakes is located at 749 N. Alafaya Trail in Orlando, Florida. The restaurant encompasses 6,700 square feet, slightly larger than the Downtown Orlando location. The restaurant includes a full bar, outdoor seating and offers both full and quick service. The interior décor features photos and mementos celebrating the Wahlberg family’s history. The menu is created by Chef Paul, who has put his own spin on Wahlberg family food favorites.
THE WAHLBURGERS STORY
Founded by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie and other investors, 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 story through photos and words of the Wahlberg brothers’ life journeys from Dorchester, Mass. neighborhood kids to rising chef and international superstars, 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, housemade 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 visitwahlburgersrestaurant.com.