According to legal documents, obtained by The Blast, Wahlberg along with his alleged company ‘Tinseltown Sunset’ is being sued in Los Angeles County Courts for allegedly removing fixtured items from the premises, leaving it in shambles. The company claims Wahlberg’s team “removed every restaurant booth all of which were attached to the floor and/or walls” and “removed virtually every light fixture inside and out except for the recessed lights.
In the filing, the company alleges the ‘Wahlburgers’ crew “removed the three-compartment sink and hand washing sink from the kitchen area, all of which were attached to the walls,” and “removed the walk-in cooler and the door and controller from the walk-in freezer.”
Montgomery Management Company (MMC), who filed the lawsuit, claims ‘Wahlburgers’ left the premises “un-tenantable” and is in violation of their lease agreement. Plus, the company says it already leased the building to another tenant, and now they will be unable to move into the space without fixing the ripped-out fixtures.
According to MMC, Wahlburg’s team “interfered with (it’s) performance by removing the fixturized property which would leave the premises a mere shell causing them to have to purchase and install new booths, light fixtures, walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer, sinks, and other items, the delivery and installation of time for which required long lead times.” Obviously, the situation will cause a delay in the new tenant paying rent for the location. MMC claims the ‘Wahlburgers’ team ‘acted willfully, maliciously, and oppressively with full knowledge of the adverse effect of their actions.”
It should be noted, the company isn’t specifically claiming Mark Wahlberg personally ripped out any fixtures in a restaurant that bears his family name — But, they ARE suing him personally.
In the lawsuit, the new tenant — Saltie Girl LA — claims its owners contacted the ‘Wahlburgers’ team to offer to purchase its liquor license for the premises and they “threatened to remove more fixurized property and refused to sell the liquor license unless [they] paid exorbitant sums of money to Tinseltown.
In the end, the company is suing Wahlberg and his team for $350,000 in damages.
As you know, Wahlburgers is a burger restaurant chain owned by chef Paul Wahlberg and his famous brothers Donnie and Mark. As of January 2021, there were reportedly 49 ‘Wahlburgers’ locations in the United States, two in Canada, and one in Germany. Also, the burger chain appears to be continuing to grow — opening new restaurants in Memphis, Tennesse, and inside the Morongo Hotel and Casino.
The lawsuit is ongoing.