Fries with that?
It's time to make way for a couple of new kids on the burger block! Famous brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg are slated to star in an upcoming A & E reality series, and it has a juicy premise, according to Deadline. The Brothers Wahlberg will head back to their hometown of Boston to team up with their brother, Paul, for a reality series about the family hamburger joint, "Wahlburgers." (And yes, that's the name of the show!) The bros' childhood pals and their mom Alma will also appear on the series.
The family business launched in 2011, when the Wahlberg brothers opened their first funky burger joint in Hingham, Mass., featuring menu items like a Thanksgiving burger loaded with Turkey Day leftovers (think cranberry sauce and seasoned stuffing) and burgers topped with that old standby, "government standard" cheese.
Of course, if all this talk about Donnie, Mark and burgers is giving you the munchies, lest we not forget they're not the first celebs to mix reality TV and the restaurant biz.
In 2007, Tori Spelling and her hubby Dean McDermott unveiled their gourmet French-fry business at the L.A. County Fair (aioli dipping sauce, anyone?), and their venture played out on their Oxygen reality series "Tori and Dean: Inn Love." While the biz, Small Fry, ultimately fizzled more than sizzled, the mom of four once told People: "I do try to feed the kids healthy but Liam loves fries -- I have to admit, we are a fry family."
In 2011, a potpourri of reality stars including "Hills" alum Heidi Montag, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Danielle Staub, and "Bachelor" Jake Pavelka starred in VH1's "Famous Food," a competition show about opening a restaurant on Sunset Boulevard.
At the time, Montag told MTV News: "I really want to stay away from all of the drama. And I just try to be like, 'OK, let's open a restaurant.' I grew up in the restaurant industry; my parents had a restaurant since I was 2 years old. There was nothing easy about 'Famous Food.' Really it was very difficult." (The finished product, an eatery called Lemon Basket, was closed after just five months.)
Lisa Vanderpump's trendy West Hollywood eatery, SUR, is the backdrop for her Bravo spinoff, "Vanderpump Rules" (the food looks great, the servers are total tabloid magnets), and earlier this year Flavor Flav's peeps issued a casting call for a restaurant reality series to be taped at the rapper's Flav's Chicken & Ribs eatery. Unfortunately, the last of the Clocked One's chick-rib joints closed in July.
"Wahlburgers" will premiere on A & E on January 22, 2014.
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