Sophie Bolich

Wahlburgers Closes Third Ward Restaurant

Six other Wisconsin locations continue to operate, with at least one more on the way.

By - Jan 19th, 2023 03:28 pm
Wahlburgers. Photo by Jeramey Jannene

Wahlburgers. Photo by Jeramey Jannene

After a three-year run in the Historic Third Ward, Wahlburgers has shuttered its downtown Milwaukee location.

An employee of Wahlburgers confirmed Thursday morning that the Third Ward burger restaurant, 322 N. Broadway, permanently closed its doors Jan. 13.

Hy-Vee Inc., a franchise partner of Massachusetts-based Wahlburgers, opened the casual dining restaurant in early 2020, bringing the international chain’s burgers, fish, chicken, sandwiches, salads and sides to the city. The restaurant also offered a full bar.

The Third Ward restaurant was the second Wahlburgers to open in Wisconsin, following a location at The Corners of Brookfield that launched in 2019 and remains in business. The state now has six locations, with another proposed for Janesville. Most are co-located in Hy-Vee grocery stores.

The former restaurant included an extensive outdoor patio and occupied a 5,300-square-foot space inside a former warehouse that was redeveloped in 2016.

A license for the business was set to expire in May 2023. A listed representative of the company did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication.

Fans of Wahlburger’s signature menu items, including its spicy cheese and bacon tots, boozy shakes and stacked burgers can still get their fix at the Brookfield location, open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 325 Market St.

Chef Paul Wahlberg created Wahlburgers in 2011, alongside two of his brothers, actors Mark and Donnie. In the years since, the company has grown to include nearly 100 locations in 24 states, as well as Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The burger restaurant and its famous operators were the subjects of an A&E TV show that aired from 2014 until 2019.

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2 thoughts on “Wahlburgers Closes Third Ward Restaurant”

  1. Polaris says:

    Wait…they serve boozy-shakes at Hy-Vee grocery stores?!

  2. DAGDAG says:

    I wish there was a why for this story. Was business bad? Rent increases? We like (and go on a regular basis) to WAHLBURGERS at the Corners, but never made it to this location.

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