Cleveland’s new Wahlburgers draws Detroit crowd
A couple dozen Metro Detroiters showed up in Cleveland last week for a VIP grand opening party for Wahlburgers. Owner/actor Mark Wahlberg was there, along with co-owner Nino Cutraro of Bloomfield Hills. There were more than 200 people at the private event, where a team of waiters consistently pushed trays of the juicy burgers accompanied by cups of tasty tater tots. About 1,000 Wahlberg fans waited outside of the restaurant, hoping to snag a glimpse, a picture, an autograph (and the gracious movie star tried to literally touch each one of them). The newest Wahlburgers is in the midst of some retail space owned by Dan Gilbert, across the street from Gilbert’s JACK Casino in downtown Cleveland. Many of the Detroiters in attendance (quite a few, we hear, arrived by private jets) came at the request of Cutraro and his wife, Elizabeth. Cutraro and Wahlberg own the Wahlburgers in Greektown in Detroit and are very close to opening a location in Taylor. Some of the Detroiters who attended included lawyer Juan Mateo and his wife, Rosann; retired Ford exec, Bud Moore and his wife, Mickey; Bedrock VP, Dan Mullen; and Jay Feldman (who also has interest in Wahlburgers) and his wife, Ann, and sister, Maria Feldman.