Wonder Wahl
Wonder Wahl
There's fame and fortune,fun and fabulous food,but family is above all else at Wahlburgers.
Anne Frances Hutchinson

Finding your favorite haunt is one of life’s greatest pleasures. There comes a moment where that favorite restaurant becomes yours, in a sense: You’re not sitting in a booth, you’re sitting in your booth, listening to good music, drinking your favorite brew, and making memories with friends and family. It’s your place, and once in a great while it becomes something much more.

Just ask Patrick Renna, a restaurant industry vet who found his favorite haunt in his Hingham, Mass., neighborhood, just a short drive from Boston. “I was a frequent guest and user of the brand.

First and foremost, I was a fan of the food, I was a fan of the people, and a fan of that family feel that you get when you walk in,” he said of his favorite hangout, the very first Wahlburgers.

In 2015, Renna made the acquaintance of then-company president Rick Vanzura. “We hit it off,” he recalled. “A few months later, as I was exiting a prior company, we connected and he offered me the job as CFO. I jumped at the chance. I met with him, I met Paul, and it was a small team at the time. There were only four people in the support center at the time. I took the chance to join what was and what still is a small startup restaurant."

As the newly minted president of the fastgrowing enterprise, Renna is now part of a family that’s accustomed to catching lightning in a bottle. “We believe that all of our guests that walk in are family. Our mission is to treat all of our guests like they’re part of the family and provide them with a star worthy experience. That star worthiness isn’t about the Wahlberg brothers. It’s about making the guests feel like the stars.

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October 2019