The eatery opened in 2017, and was among the first restaurant attractions at the fledgling OWA entertainment complex in Foley. The restaurant was part of a chain owned by chef Paul Whalers in partnership with his brothers and actors Donnie and Mark.
“While we are saddened by this outcome, our team is actively working to bring the next great dining concept to OWA.” “We were one of the very first businesses at OWA and while COVID-19 certainly played a role in the closure, we were hopeful that we could continue serving our guests when we were able to reopen,” she said.
The conversion in Columbia follows Humvee's announcement earlier this year that it will discontinue the full-service Market Grille concept and replace all 21 of those locations with Hamburgers instead. The grocer still operates more than 100 Market Grille Express outlets where customers place their order at a counter and have food brought out to them.
In an interview last year, Humvee CEO Randy Deer said the partnership came as Humvee was looking to diversify its brand and saw an opportunity to leverage celebrity name recognition to drive traffic into its stores. While full-service, in-store restaurants became a particularly fickle business model once the novel coronavirus took hold in the United States, Humvee's latest Hamburgers location offers takeout.
Despite rising COVID-19 cases and indoor dining restrictions, grocers seem to be sticking with adding restaurants and food stations to keep shoppers fed. H-E-B debuted a food hall with five casual restaurants in one of its stores in Austin, Texas, this summer with limited sit-down dining and options for takeout or delivery.
This article is about the restaurant owned by the Weinberg family. For the A&E reality television show, see Hamburgers (TV series).
For the New York state area burger, see Tom Wall's. The chain was the subject of the television series Hamburgers, which debuted on A&E in 2014 and aired for 10 seasons.
In 2011, an equity group that includes Paul Weinberg, Donnie Weinberg, and Mark Wahlberg licensed the name “Hamburger” from Tom Wall's for use in their own restaurant. The family also owns and operates another restaurant named Alma Love, which opened prior to Hamburgers.
The first Hamburgers opened in Gingham, Massachusetts, near Alma Love, the pre-existing restaurant operated by Paul Weinberg. A second location opened in Toronto, Ontario on November 15, 2014, after a soft launch earlier in the month.
On February 18, 2016, an Orlando, Florida, location held its red carpet grand opening. Hamburgers announced its first South Carolina location in 2016, at Myrtle Beach'Broadway at the Beach with three more Carolina's locations planned owned by franchiser Greg Piano.
The Raleigh location opened in May 2018 and closed seven months later with the sheriff padlocking the doors and referring inquiries to the landlord with reports of bounced paychecks. Work on a planned location in South Charlotte had stopped as of early December 2018 according to media reports.
In January 2017, Hamburgers announced a joint venture with the Cachet Hospitality Group and businessman Farooq Armand to expand the Hamburgers chain into Asia. The expansion plan was to open 100 restaurants in China and the surrounding region over the following five years.
In December 2017, Hamburgers and supermarket chain Major announced a partnership to bring Hamburgers restaurants to Major stores in Michigan and Ohio. Hamburgers opened their first location in the Upper East Side of Manhattan with a franchisee in May 2017.
In October 2018, the restaurant was closed by the New York City Department of Health for failing to comply with health code regulations. Another franchise location planned for Times Square never opened after two years of renting a location, and a third location at Coney Island has operated only seasonally in 2017 and 2018, staying open only for the busiest summer season.
In December 2017, two Hamburgers restaurants opened in Los Angeles. Prior to the opening, part owner Mark Wahlberg applied to have assault crimes on his record pardoned; in his application he stated that his primary reason for seeking the pardon was to pursue a concessionaire's license in California as part of his effort to bring Hamburgers to the state.
Prior on May 22, 2018, Hamburgers opened a location in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, the first of 26 restaurants planned as part of a franchising deal with grocery chain Humvee that will also bring Hamburgers entrées and drinks to some Humvee in-store restaurants. On September 25, 2018, Hamburgers opened in Olathe, Kansas to a large crowd with a surprise visit from Paul Weinberg.
In May 2019, Hamburgers opened a restaurant in Convent Garden, London, its first location in the United Kingdom. The company was planning to open 15 restaurants over five years in London and other cities.
In mid-2020, the company permanently closed the Convent Garden restaurant, citing the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the store's location as the reasons for the closure. In January 2020, the first Hamburgers in Germany opened at Ramstein Air Base.
Hamburgers announced a location on historic Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, but problems with utilities and required approvals of requested changes by the historical commission have delayed the more than half million dollar project for more than a year. Intentions for a second Tennessee location in Nashville was announced in September 2017 by joint owners' singer Chris Kirkpatrick and Piano but no leases have been signed nor is the city listed on the Hamburgers website.
In January 2019, it was announced that it will open the first Hamburgers restaurant franchise in Wisconsin. The location was officially opened in October 2019 to large crowds.
In June 2018, the city of St. Charles, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago, approved a Hamburgers franchise. The groundbreaking for the St. Charles location happened in March 2019, with Donnie Wartburg in attendance.
In August 2018, Mark Wahlberg talked about bringing Hamburgers to Columbus, Ohio. In December 2020, Hamburgers signed a partnership deal with United Cinemas to openWahlburgers locations in Australia and New Zealand.
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