Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg have already announced Atlanta expansion for their appropriately named Wahlburgers burger chain, and one of those restaurants is headed to Cobb County. Wahlburgers will take up residence at The Battery, the forthcoming entertainment district surrounding SunTrust Park, future home of the Atlanta Braves. Battery officials announced several new tenants for the development on Friday.
"We think The Battery Atlanta will be the absolute destination around the Atlanta area with the new park and all the other things they'll have in that development, which is so exciting to me," Mark Wahlberg, the current actor and former rapper known as Marky Mark, said in a prepared statement. "For our family, it's a great opportunity to be at The Battery Atlanta, so we're thrilled."
The Wahlbergs first announced plans to enter the Georgia market in March. The franchise agreement calls for six restaurants in the "greater Atlanta area" and Savannah, though the exact number for each city hasn't been revealed. Those who have never eaten at a Wahlburgers might know of the chain thanks to the Emmy-nominated reality television series of the same name. Wahlburgers chronicles the trio's restaurant ventures, and it's been renewed for at least two more seasons on A&E.
In addition to Wahlburgers, Friday's announcement revealed plans for another Goldberg's Bagel Company & Deli outpost at The Battery. Shake Shack, another white-hot national burger chain, was previously rumored to be looking at the development. There's no word on whether this Wahlburgers location will affect those potential plans. Shake Shack operates a restaurant in Buckhead, and another is in the works for Perimeter Mall.
Initial details for the project were revealed last October. The Battery will bring in an impressive roster of local culinary talent, including Ford Fry's The El Felix (initially announced as Superica), a steakhouse from Linton Hopkins, and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. The first openings should come online in time for the start of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, when the Braves will debut their new home.