Sarah Burt’s gourmet meatball subs gained a cult following since the 2011 launch of her Saucy Burt’s food cart. But her fans will go hungry this year (and beyond): Burt is packing it in and moving on.
“While I had a ton of fun being the meatball lady, I just can’t be the meatball lady forever,” said Burt in a phone interview. “I think if I had a longer range vision of wanting to own a restaurant, I would have hired more people to help me out. But I really just did it as an experiment to see if I could get a concept like this off the ground, and what the process would be around running a business, and taking a product to market.”
Burt says she is unsure about her next move: “It’s open-ended right now. I think someday I’d like to be involved in the social enterprise space and certainly my experience in the food world shines a light on all the different challenges we face in terms of how our food system is put together.”