Jacob Wirth Manager Launches Da Bomb Food Truck
Meaghan Fitzgerald is leaving the family wurst business for handheld, stuffed “bombs.”
Seven years ago, Meaghan Fitzgerald thought she’d never join the family business, Jacob Wirth, the nearly-150-year-old German restaurant in downtown Boston that her parents own. But the fourth generation stepped into help manage one day, and the beer hall became her home. She’s leaving this month, though—as both the front-of-house manager and acting chef—to concentrate on family, and she’ll launch her own mobile venture, Da Bomb Food Truck. And in what better season than Oktoberfest?
Da Bomb doesn’t focus on wurst like her parents’ place, though. Fitzgerald’s specialty is savory and sweet “bombs,” or handheld, filled, pastry dough shells.
“It’s a way you can eat a cheeseburger off a food truck without waiting as long as it typically takes to cook a medium-well cheeseburger, and not get messy. It’s a totally enclosed item,” she says.
Da Bomb Food Truck will have that flavor, along with festive German pork strudel, and apple pie bombs at its first-ever event, Idle Hands Oktoberfest this Saturday, September 16. Fitzgerald will bring along some Jacob Wirth sausages and kraut, too.
Fitzgerald, a 2014 40 Under 40 nominee by FSR magazine, managed hotels in Montana, as well as Boston-area spots like Rosie’s Bakery, and the Blackbird Cafe in Newburyport. She’s done pretty much whatever needs to be done at Jacob Wirth. But this year, she’s focused on her 18-month-old daughter, who has health issues, and it’s taking away from the demanding job of managing a 276-seat, Boston institution, she says. Finding her replacement(s) and actually leaving is tough, she acknowledges.
“The transition has been challenging and emotional because Jacob Wirth is truly a piece of my heart and a member of my family,” she says. But “I am hopeful for this exciting new adventure with Da Bomb Truck and the continued opportunity to partner with my dad and Jacob Wirth around exciting events like Oktoberfest.”
Idle Hands Oktoberfest, Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Idle Hands Craft Ales, 89 Commercial St., Malden, idlehandscraftales.com.