Mark Wahlberg sued for allegedly ransacking his own restaurant

Mark Wahlberg is getting sued by the property owners of his own Los Angeles restaurant location.

Wahlburgers, a restaurant chain with nearly 50 locations nationwide, is owned by Mark Wahlberg and his brothers Donnie and Paul.

Montgomery Management Company claims Mark Wahlberg led a crew into the restaurant after his lease ended and removed every restaurant booth and “virtually every light fixture.” They are suing him for a reported $350,000 in damages.

“[Wahlberg] interfered with performance by removing the fixtured 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,” MMC claims in the lawsuit, adding that Wahlberg “acted willfully, maliciously, and oppressively with full knowledge of the adverse effect of their actions.”

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J Simmons
J Simmons
5 months ago

Aren’t fixtures, booths …. everything spelled out in all restaurant leases as to who owns them, who is responsible to upkeep/repairs, AND what becomes of those things at the end of a lease. Basics really. Can’t see why there is no clear contractual answer.

Glenn
Glenn
5 months ago
Reply to  J Simmons

I am not saying that this is the case here, but some times a party will sue expecting the other party to settle to avoid any drawn-out court proceedings which may affect goodwill.

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Glenn
Glenn
5 months ago

There is a notice on the door of the now closed Baja Fresh at 6922 Hollywood Blvd. indicating that Wahlburgers Franchising LLC will be remodeling the premises to open a restaurant there. This might explain the move to take out the fixtures at the former location of Wahlburger. Legal or not? Previous legal experts have weighed in here correctly stating that it all depends on the lease agreement. Arguments in court cases are plentiful concerning what constitutes a fixture especially when there is a question of liability (or money to be lost or made).

Speculation
Speculation
6 months ago

Speculation, speculation. Have any of the “know it all’s” posting here read the lease agreement? Idle gossip.

Robert
Robert
6 months ago

I hated that place! Cafe Med, which used to be there before, was my favorite lunch spot – friendly crew, delicious, healthy mediterranean food. Wahlberg kicked them out, and served greasy pukeburgers instead. Haven’t been there – it’s disgusting just to look at the ‘Wahlburgers’ menu.

Robin
Robin
6 months ago

No surprise he closed down. They served the worst food this side of the Mississippi. Unreasonably bad & unreasonable expensive. I went there ONCE & that was one time too many. We felt totally ripped off with both food & price & the service as well. That location should have been – & is – a prime location for a successful eatery – AND an upscale clientele & should be very successful. Good riddance

Robert
Robert
6 months ago
Reply to  Robin

Agree 100%

Tom
Tom
6 months ago

Wealthy lessee tries to screw over wealthy lessor, who tries to screw back.

Tennis anyone?

Eric Jon Schmidt
Eric Jon Schmidt
6 months ago

What most people don’t understand (and I have first hand experience and insight) is that the on-camera persona, (the character) in most cases is very different than the “real” person so people are surprised when someone famous (or portrays a character) says or does something that a “real” person would. This story is not an interesting story. It’s about as boring as watching paint dry. I don’t tune into WEHOVILLE often, but when I do I am surprised by the lack of in-depth serious stories. This platform could really be taken seriously and cause change for the better if it… Read more »

Emilija Torbešic
6 months ago

So true Eric, the on-camera persona of Captain James T. Kirk that of a progressive explorer leader is so unlike the sexiest self centered actor William Shatner!

Cy Husain
6 months ago

The company filing the lawsuit against Wahlberg (Montgomery Management Company) CLAIMS he and his team are in violation of their lease agreement because they left the restaurant “un-tenantable” and IF the lease agreement specifically said the property has to be left “tenantable(in a condition that the next tenant can move in), then he would likely be in violation of that agreement. If this were NOT the case and he simply removed his own property, the Judge would have thrown it out early on!

Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
6 months ago

Is it really vandalism when you remove your own property?

Pearl
Pearl
6 months ago

Yep. Just as you don’t get to cart off the toilet when sell your house.

JESS
JESS
6 months ago

TIME OUT!!!!! WHO paid for all of the fixtures in the first place? If the Walberg’s paid for them then they should be entitled to take them, IF the landlord paid for them, then that is a different story! I seem to be reading a great deal about many A-hole landlords in WeHo.

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Mark
Mark
6 months ago

Mark Wahlberg did not personally “ransack” his own restaurant. However this all sorts out in terms of who actually was entitled to what, this was surely done by his team, maybe wrongly or rightly in terms of the commercial lease. It is the strident “click bait” headline that I find irritating. The rest will be sorted out in court.

Sean Moran
Sean Moran
6 months ago

come on Mark- grow a pair…AND FOR A CATHOLIC BOY????? shame shame shame.

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