Walhburgers, the burger chain owned by the talented clan that includes actor-producer-rapper-model Mark (Marky Mark) and singer-actor Donnie Wahlberg, has announced that it is not coming to Farmingdale after all.
Last year, a sign went up outside the Spartan Diner on Route 110 that featured the Wahlburgers logo and read “The rumors are true . . . The family’s coming soon!” Burger pandemonium ensued. By January, the sign came down, and a black cloud descended on Long Island’s burgerati. At the time, neither Wahlburgers nor the property’s landlord would comment on the situation, but on Friday both parties confirmed that the deal is off.
According to a Wahlburgers spokesman, “The Farmingdale location did not work out and we thank the community for their efforts and kindness. Wahlburgers is exploring other locations in Long Island and is optimistic that they will come to an agreement and make an announcement soon.”
George Patsalos, the owner and former operator of the Spartan Diner, confirmed the deal had not worked out and said that he had no immediate plans to lease the site to another tenant.
If you’re set on sampling Walhburger’s signature O.F.D. (Originally From Dorchester) burger — a half-pound patty topped with tomato jam, bacon, Swiss and sauteed mushrooms — you’ll have to travel to New York state’s only location, at 3015 Stillwell Ave. in Coney Island.
On the local scene, burger fans can take solace in the fact that Shake Shack’s two forthcoming (and confirmed) locations in Melville and Lake Grove have started the hiring process, according to these want ads on craigslist. We’ll keep you posted.