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March opening planned for Wahlburgers restaurant in St. Charles

Restaurant now under construction at southwest corner of Route 38 and Randall Road in St. Charles near Meijer store

Actor, singer and restaurateur Donnie Wahlberg (center) is flanked by St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina (left) and his brother, Chef Paul Wahlberg, as they break ground for the new Wahlburgers restaurant near Meijer in St. Charles on March 22. Work on the restaurant has now started.
Actor, singer and restaurateur Donnie Wahlberg (center) is flanked by St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina (left) and his brother, Chef Paul Wahlberg, as they break ground for the new Wahlburgers restaurant near Meijer in St. Charles on March 22. Work on the restaurant has now started.

ST. CHARLES – The much anticipated Wahlburgers restaurant now under construction at the southwest corner of Route 38 and Randall Road in St. Charles near the Meijer store plans to open next March.

At their Sept. 16 meeting, aldermen on the St. Charles City Council's Government Operations Committee recommended approval of a liquor license for the restaurant. The full City Council will review the application at its Oct. 7 meeting.

The restaurant chain is owned by chef Paul Wahlberg in partnership with two of his brothers, Donnie and Mark. Actor and singer Donnie Wahlberg and his wife, actress and television/radio host Jenny McCarthy, live in St. Charles. In March, hundreds of people came out to see him Wahlberg break ground on his signature Wahlburgers restaurant.

Wahlburgers will serve beer, wine and spirits. The restaurant plans to be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

A 2,100-square-foot outside dining area is part of the restaurant's plans. The St. Charles City Council approved the restaurant's plans in June 2018.

In an interview during the groundbreaking ceremony, Donnie Wahlberg said they are happy to be spending so much time in St. Charles.

"There's really no place better for us," he said. "We just feel at home. We felt welcomed here from the first time we both set foot here."

Wahlberg had said he plans to spend plenty of time at the new restaurant when it opens.

"I live four minutes away," he said. "I plan on being there as much as possible. What we've learned in the restaurant business is that it needs attention. It's not a business where you can leave it to other people to supervise everything and don't pay attention to it. My brother, Paul, is very meticulous about all the locations. And I plan on being the same way. I plan on being here as much as possible, helping out when needed, meeting people, saying hello to customers and doing whatever needs to be done to give it the best shot to succeed. Because that's what restaurants require."

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