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Auckland. Sunday May 1, 2022- Hollywood actor, producer, restauranteur, businessman and philanthropist, Mark Wahlberg, is bringing his Wahlburgers family restaurant chain to New Zealand. This location will be owned and operated by the Mustaca family, who have built United Cinemas into Australia’s largest independent, family-owned owned cinema chain.

New Zealand’s first Wahlburgers family restaurant will have a capacity of 240 guests and will be located at the former Euro Restaurant and Coley & Punch venue, Shed 22, Princess Wharf, Auckland CBD.  

Mark Wahlberg says, “I am excited to be working with the Mustaca family as they bring Wahlburgers to New Zealand. I love all the things we have in common, especially family, film, and music. I’m really looking forward to opening the first Wahlburgers in New Zealand and I hope to visit soon.”  

Sam Mustaca CEO of United Cinemas New Zealand and WBIP (trading as Wahlburgers New Zealand) says, “We are thrilled to bring Wahlburgers to guests here in New Zealand. We had been following the concept for years and with its natural ties to the entertainment industry, bringing Wahlburgers into the experience at United Cinemas just seemed like a perfect fit. The first Wahlburgers will be in Auckland’s CBD and we plan to roll out 4 more as stand-alone restaurants as well as at our United Cinema location in the Bay of Plenty. With really great food, beers and a fun atmosphere, we think it’s going to be a big hit.”

Wahlberg continues, “It all started with my brother, Chef Paul, who has spent his entire career in the kitchen. For the last 10 years he’s dedicated himself to delivering guests an exceptional experience, no matter where in the world they are visiting a Wahlburgers. We’re excited to open the first location in New Zealand and are looking forward to growing the brand with the Mustaca family.”

ABOUT UNITED CINEMAS Following a successful career as an Opera singer Roy Mustaca started United Cinemas in the ’80’s with one cinema on Collaroy Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches. Over the last 37 years the chain has grown to over 57 screens across Australia and New Zealand with 19 more screens presently being built.  United Cinemas are in the Bay of Plenty at Mount Maunganui, Indooroopilly Brisbane, Craigieburn Melbourne, Rockingham Perth, Katoomba Blue Mountains and Sydney’s Narellan, Collaroy, Warriewood, Avalon and Opera Quays at the Opera House.

ABOUT WAHLBURGERS Wahlburgers is a casual dining restaurant & bar founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Chef Paul Wahlberg, which wrapped 10 successful seasons of A&E Network’s Emmy-nominated reality show in 2019. While its interior decor is filled with photos and memories celebrating the brothers’ life journeys from Dorchester neighborhood kids to rising chef and international superstars, Wahlburgers makes food, beverages and its guests the real stars. With menu items like delicious fresh ground beef burgers, entrée salads and sandwiches, loaded tots and frothy shakes, Chef Paul and the team are obsessed with making guests happy and feeling like family. Wahlburgers currently has 90+ locations throughout North America, Europe and Australia and is dedicated to giving back to every community it serves. Wahlburgers At Home, the brands’ line of proprietary blended Certified Angus Beef and signature Wahl Sauce is available in thousands of retail stores throughout the US. Learn more at and follow along @Wahlburgersnz on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.