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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Bay News on Wahlburgers and more chains!

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The franchise is leasing the Stillwell Avenue storefront from Thor Equities, and the restaurant will be a little larger than a basketball court — including rooftop seating that overlooks the amusement district. It will employ about 60 people.

Bringing another name-brand franchise to the area will be a boost to economic development in Coney Island, Cestare said, which was another reason he wanted to open in the People’s Playground.

“I wanted to be a part of the rebuilding,” he said. 

Whalburgers will be the latest in a slew of burger chains opening in Coney Island. An Applebees started slinging sandwiches in fall 2013, and a Checkers and a Johnny Rockets are slated to open on Surf Avenue soon, as well. But Cestare is confident that there’s plenty of room for everybody.

“We love competition — we think there’s enough business to go around,” Cestare said. “We want people to come down to Coney Island and enjoy — whether you go to Applebees, Nathan’s, or Wahlburgers.”

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