GNA graduate starts food truck business at 19

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NANTICOKE — The Greater Nanticoke Area homecoming pep rally was a showcase for a Trojan alumnus and entrepreneur.

Brandon Murtha started a business selling cupcakes from a colorful camp trailer when he was in high school.

He’s 19 now, and his business is growing.

Thursday’s pep rally was the grand opening for his new food truck, Murt’s Mobile Diner.

The menu included diner staples like fries, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, hot dogs and grilled cheese. He also had a few Polish specialties, such as pierogi, potato pancake and haluski, as well as a chicken wing ravioli.

The Nanticoke native has been interested in business for several years.

“When I started this one,” he said, pointing to the cupcake camper, “I didn’t really know what I was in for. But as I started to do it more and go to different events, I saw how much people really enjoy food trucks and how big it’s starting to get and starting to expand in the area. Building on that, I didn’t just want to stay with that. I just wanted to move up.”

FASTSIGNS of Wilkes-Barre completed the brightly colored decals on his truck which advertise “Homemade classics served with a smile.”

Creating and equipping a food truck is no small task. Murtha created the logos and menus, purchasing, learning the recipes and serving it at events.

Rosie Hish, a family friend, helped him develop the recipes, and was helping Thursday along with his parents and another friend, Sarah Bonk.

“It’s a big accomplishment for a young man who’s 19, to have two businesses on his own,” said his mom, Debbie Murtha.

He served cupcakes from his other venture, Murt’s Desserts, at last year’s homecoming, and the large crowd cleaned out his stock. That’s why he came back again this year with something more.