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Wahlberg set to open burger chain here

HOLLYWOOD heavyweight Mark Wahlberg has revealed that his burger chain will open in Ireland.

The Contraband actor let it slip that his family have plans to open the Wahlburger restaurant over here.

The existing outlet offers gourmet burgers in the area of Hingham, Massachusetts.

"We do higher-end burgers. Yesterday, we sold 1,300," he said.

"It's run by my brother Paul, who is a five-star chef.

"We're opening a bunch of them in Britain and Ireland this year."

"A successful burger place takes maybe $2,400 (¤1,811) a day and a really successful one does $6,000 (¤4,528)," he added.

"We're making $17,000 (¤12,830). There are lines queuing around the corner."

Wahlberg earlier said that he was taken by Ireland when he came to visit Dublin earlier this month to promote his recent movie.


But his brothers -- Paul and Blue Bloods actor Donnie, -- said that they had no plans to flip burgers outside of the Massachusetts region, let alone outside the States.

Donnie told a US publication that they haven't even made plans for further expansion yet.

"We have a lot of interest from a lot of people who would like to franchise new locations, but we are a new business with a ways to go before we open location number two," he said.

Paul's spokeswoman Mindy Valone said there are "no immediate plans for expansion at this time," and "they're talking about Boston, but nothing has been set in stone yet".

And a representative for Dublin City Council told the Herald that they have not received any planning applications to date.

Mark (40) said that there were those who doubted the success of a burger joint when he first mooted the idea. The former rapper, also known as Marky Mark, said: "You can get people to show up because of the name but they are going to come back because they like the food."