Wahlburgers Closes in Maple Grove, Officials Hope for New Restaurant At ‘Prime Site’
The city of Maple Grove is working to help fill a vacant restaurant space after the closure of Wahlburgers in late May.
City officials say the closure happened without warning.
“The city was not given notice ahead of time, or a reason for their closing,” said Joe Hogeboom, community and economic development director for the city of Maple Grove.
Wahlburgers opened in early 2020 to much fanfare. The restaurant was founded by the celebrity Wahlberg brothers.
According to Hogeboom, grocery chain Hy-Vee owns the Maple Grove restaurant site, located at the northeast corner of Hemlock Lane and Elm Creek Boulevard. Hy-Vee also operates Wahlburgers restaurants inside its grocery stores in Brooklyn Park and in New Hope.
The COVID-19 pandemic hit soon after the restaurant’s opening. The recent Maple Grove closure is among a significant number of Wahlburgers reported to have closed across the Midwest, including closures in the Detroit, Cincinnati, Kansas City and Milwaukee metropolitan areas.
Hogeboom says the city has been in contact with Hy-Vee to connect the West Des Moines, Iowa-based grocer with interested buyers for the property.
City officials say they are hopeful the space becomes another restaurant, calling it “a prime site” in Maple Grove.
“Our hope is to see the space become a new restaurant soon,” said Hogeboom.