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Ross OK's liquor license for Wahlburgers eatery

Tony LaRussa
| Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, 4:39 p.m.

Ross commissioners have approved a request to transfer a liquor license from a former restaurant in Moon Township to the Wahlburgers restaurant scheduled to open later this year at The Block Northway.

The Block Northway along McKnight Road in Ross is one of two Pittsburgh area locations being sought for restaurants founded by actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and their brother, executive chef Paul Wahlberg.

“They are a highly sought after concept,” said Charles Caputo, an attorney representing the new restaurant at Monday's board of commissioners meeting. “A lot of developers in the Pittsburgh region have been trying to lure them.”

The second Pittsburgh area location has not been announced.

Because the liquor license is being moved across municipal lines, state law requires a public hearing be conducted, Caputo said.

No residents commented at the hearing before commissioners voted 8-0 to approve the transfer. Commissioner Grace Stanko was absent.

Caputo said the company “exhausted” efforts to obtain an existing license in Ross.

“We found no liquor license in safekeeping,” he said, explaining that changes in state law allowing supermarkets and convenience stores to sell alcohol are making it “harder and harder to find licenses in every municipality.”

The license is from the former Savory Hill restaurant in the 900 block of Brodhead Road in Moon.

Caputo said the gourmet hamburger restaurant will be located on the right side of the shopping center on the upper level and will have indoor seating for about 140 people and an outdoor patio for 40 to 50 patrons.

Frank Licata, president of Akron, Ohio-based LRC Realty, which owns The Block Northway , said the Wahlburgers restaurant is expected to be opened by the winter holidays.

The restaurant, which will include an outdoor patio, will be located in the upper level of the mall facing McKnight Road, Licata said.

Wahlburgers' menu includes burgers, sandwiches, salads, vegetarian options and homestyle side dishes such as Tater Tots, Mac n' Cheese with Smoked Bacon, and Alma's Classic Macaroni Salad. All burgers are made fresh and topped with house-made condiments such as Chef Paul's signature Wahl sauce, dill pickles, honey-garlic mayo, butternut squash, tomato jam and avocado spread.

The restaurant uses a split service concept in which patrons can choose full-table service, quick-serve at the counter or takeout.

Wahlburgers are located in Philadelphia, eight states and in Canada.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-772-6368 or tlarussa@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.

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