Wahlburgers on the Upper East Side — the remaining Manhattan outpost of actor Mark Wahlberg’s burger chain — was shuttered by the city’s health department last week due to several violations, including evidence of mice in the restaurant. There is still not an anticipated reopening date, according to the restaurant.
The location at 1633 Second Ave., between East 84th and 85th Streets, is “temporarily closed” due to an issue with “a refrigeration system,” according to a statement sent by a spokesperson on behalf of the franchisee who runs the location. “We are addressing the issue immediately, but at this time we do not have an exact timetable for when the restaurant will reopen its doors,” the statement says.
Wahlburgers was ordered shut down after it failed an October 16 inspection.
The department cited four critical violations, including “hot food” items that have been cooked and refrigerated being served without being reheated properly. The restaurant was also flagged for its food supervisor lacking a food protection certificate, and there was evidence of mice found in the facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Food prep surfaces were also found to be unsanitary. A fifth violation that wasn’t considered critical was also noted; the facility is not vermin proof.
The UES outpost opened in May 2017, and it’s the only Wahlburgers location in Manhattan. A location in Coney Island shuttered last year but reopened over the summer. There’s also a spot in Long Island.
Wahlburgers’ plans for a Midtown location — the restaurant had been working on the space since 2015 — fell flat this year when the franchisee for that location failed to pay rent and a new chain backed by rocker Sammy Hagar took its place.
The poorly reviewed chain is run by Wahlberg and his brothers Donnie and Paul, and in 2014 the family announced an ambitious expansion plan to have over 25 locations across Florida and New York. The business has starred in the A&E reality show also called Wahlburgers — and at one point, the family said it wanted to open 300 outposts nationwide. The chain does have locations in nearly 20 states, according to its website.