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St. Charles approves liquor license for Wahlburgers restaurant ahead of March opening

Restaurant will serve beer, wine and spirits

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.
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.

ST. CHARLES – The Wahlburgers restaurant under construction will now be able to serve beer, wine and spirits when it opens next year.

At the Oct. 7 St. Charles City Council meeting, aldermen approved a liquor license for the restaurant, which is being built at the southwest corner of Route 38 and Randall Road in St. Charles near the Meijer store. The restaurant plans to open in early March, St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina said.

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.

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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