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When it comes to the pinnacle of football, there’s the Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl and now the Wahlbowl. Yes, the Wahlbowl.

Mark Wahlberg was in town last weekend to show the Patriots a screening of his new movie, but as it turns out, that wasn’t the only Foxborough-based filming he had going on. The whole Wahlberg clan hit the field at Gillette Stadium in the season finale of “Wahlburgers,” which aired Wednesday on A&E.

In the episode, Mark, his brothers, and their families played a game of touch football at the Patriots practice facility, the Empower Field House. The teams were split up by Mark’s children, Brendan and Mikey, and there were even some Patriot cameos.

Broadcaster and former quarterback Scott Zolak did what he does best and called play-by-play for the game, alongside the Wahlberg matriarch Alma. Patriots owner Robert Kraft also stopped by to watch the game and even stepped up big time for the team anchored by Bob Wahlberg.

“It was a little trick play I pulled out of the bag, and he caught it,” Bob said.

Robert tied the game with his touchdown, even though he “lost it in the lights” for a few seconds.

With Robert as a spectator for most of the Wahlbowl, Paul Wahlberg felt the pressure.

“I don’t know if he’s looking at future picks,” he said. “I don’t know what the deal is.”

Mark settled in as quarterback for his team, launching left-handed passes downfield for his nephew, Brandon, and at least one Wahlberg made an impression on Robert.

“You’ve got a good arm, tight spiral,” Robert told Mark. “I’m going to tell Tommy [Brady] he’s got to be careful.”

“Brendan’s Bad Boys” ultimately defeated “Mikey’s Ducks, but both teams were able to bolster their highlight reels and get some reps. And now the Wahlbergs need only wait until the 2017 NFL Draft to see if their hard work on the practice field paid off.  []

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The Wahlberg brothers­ are looking to raise $10 million from investors to expand their Wahlburgers restaurant chain in Massachusetts and have signed a lease for a location in their hometown of Dorchester.

“Because they’re doing so well, that’s the impetus to raise more capital to expand­ within Massachusetts — that means … within­ the I-95 belt and even beyond,” said Lori Mor­etti, spokes­woman for the Hingham-­based company.

Wahlburgers Boston Developer Co. LLC — led by actor and producer Mark, actor and New Kid on the Block Donnie and Paul, a chef — already has raised $1.36 million toward the $10 million goal, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

The Wahlberg clan and their burger chain of six restaurants are featured in the A&E TV network’s “Wahlburgers” reality show that starts another season March 9.

The Dorchester Wahl­burgers will be a 5,000-square-foot restaurant in South Bay Town Center, the proposed mixed-use development that would be adjacent to South Bay Center and is under city review.

“What is special about the store, of course, is that the Wahlberg brothers are just thrilled to have a Wahlburgers in their hometown,” Moretti said.

There are now three Wahlburgers in Massachusetts: the original that opened in Hingham in 2011 and locations in Boston’s Fenway and Lynnfield. An opening in Terminal C at Logan International Airport, under an agreement with SSP America, is set for this spring. Wahlburgers also will debut in Orlando on Feb. 18 and Philadelphia this spring. Another, in Las Vegas’ Grand Bazaar Shops, is under development.


Boston-based burger chain Wahlburgers has raised $1.36 million in equity funding out of a $10 million goal as it plans to expand across the Bay State.
Seven investors have contributed funding so far, according to a regulatory filing. The filing for Wahlburgers Boston Developer Co. LLC was issued on Feb. 9 and lists local celebrity brothers Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg as directors of the company.

The chain first launched in Hingham in October 2011 and has since opened locations in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood and at the MarketStreet lifestyle retail center in Lynnfield. A location at the Boston Logan International Airport is also in the works.

“We’re very pleased with the performance of the Boston-area stores so far,” Wahlburgers CEO Rick Vanzura told the Boston Business Journal Tuesday. “The same group that’s invested in Lynnfield and Fenway is going forward — obviously with heavy support from the Wahlberg family — with a deal to develop the rest of the state of Massachusetts.”

Vanzura told Business Insider in December that the chain is planning to add up to 150 locations during the next five years to keep up with competition from chains including Shake Shack Inc. (NYSE: SHAK) and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Wahlburgers is planning a Washington, D.C. store and also has locations in Florida, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania and Canada. In May, Wahlburgers inked a 20-store franchise deal with Arjomand Group to expand across the Middle East.

The reality television series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the chain — aptly named “Wahlburgers” — wrapped up its fourth season on A&E this September.