For Paul Wahlberg, the chef in charge of the surging burger chain Wahlburgers, the hardest part of working with his famous bros, actor and New Kid on the Block Donnie and Hollywood heavy Mark Wahlberg, is forgetting all those arguments about the flat bicycle tire.
“You just try not to revert back to when you were 12 years old and were like, ‘You took my bike and got a flat tire!’ Those kinds of things,” Wahlberg told the Track. “Even though it’s been the same way since you were 12, you can’t go there.”
Despite the bike situation, Wahlberg — who yesterday celebrated the fifth anniversary of the very first Wahlburgers in Hingham — loves working with his brothers, who, he said, have been nothing but supportive.
So who is the toughest member of the family to work with? That would be mom Alma, Paul said.
“My mother wants to be the boss,” he laughed. “Because she is the boss.”
In any event, Wahlberg and Wahlburgers have come a long way since the first burger joint opened back in 2011 in the Hingham Shipyard. For one thing, there are now 11 Wahlburgers spread around the country, including three in Massachusetts — the original in Hingham, one around the corner from Fenway Park and one in Lynnfield. The family hopes eventually to have 30 across the country.
And then there’s the TV show.
“Wahlburgers,” starring Paul, Mark, Donnie, Alma and the rest of their family and wacky Entourage, will launch season seven on Nov. 16 with more bickering about who is Alma’s favorite son, more expansion and more Johnny Drama.