Burger chain Wahlburgers has permanently closed its Upper East Side location following a Department of Health-mandated shutdown last month.
The restaurant at 1633 Second Ave. — backed by the family of celebrity Mark Wahlberg — racked up several violations during a DOH inspection, including evidence of mice in the restaurant and unsanitary food prep surfaces. Now, the franchise location that opened in May 2017 is closed, with a spokesperson not pointing to a reason.
The statement says that the brand is looking for more locations within New York, though it’s had a historically tough time of making it here. A Midtown location never came to fruition after the franchisee failed to pay rent, while the Coney Island location shuttered last year but reopened over the summer.
Locations that have managed to remain open have garnered poor reviews, with Eater critic Robert Sietsema calling the burger “dry and slightly crumbly.” Nonetheless, there are currently locations in nearly 20 states, and the Wahlberg brothers plan to have more 25 locations across Florida and New York. The chain has also been featured in an A&E reality show called Wahlburgers, which followed the brothers and the business.