Merv's set to flip his last burger to chase romance

Ballarat Hamburger Cart owner Merv White is selling the popular mobile business and heading to the Gold Coast where he has found love. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ballarat Hamburger Cart owner Merv White is selling the popular mobile business and heading to the Gold Coast where he has found love. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

BALLARAT Hamburger Cart’s Merv White always had a five-year plan.

Work hard, make hamburgers and then sell the business. 

Love wasn’t on Mr White’s menu, until now. 

“I’ll be moving to the Gold Coast, because ... I met the most loveliest girl,” the 59-year-old said. 

The pair met on a dating site early last year and, according to Mr White, it has been sunshine ever since. 

Mr White said he was sad to leave behind one of the first fast food carts in Ballarat and possibly Victoria. 

“I’m not sure if it is the oldest, but it would be one of the oldest,” he said. 

“It has been around for that long and has had a few different locations.” 

Over the decades the success of the burger cart hasn’t faded. 

“It has been extremely popular,” Mr White said. 

“I’ll be moving to the Gold Coast, because ... I met the most loveliest girl." - Merv White

“You would think those big businesses, like McDonalds and KFC, would have swallowed the (burger cart) up.”

Hamburgers have been the biggest seller at the cart, followed closely by hot chips and donuts. Jam and iced donuts are also made fresh to order. 

“Young people love their chips, cheese and gravy,” he said. 

Mr White said the addition of a deep-fryer had boosted the popularity of the business. 

“The six years I have been here have been the best for the business,” he said. 

Although Mr White loved his job, he said it was a lot of work. 

“Honesty and hard work are key to working in this industry,” he said. 

“We are open seven-days-a-week. You have to be here day in and day out.”

Madins Business Brokers owner Trevor Madin said he had been working to sell the cart at $300,000. 

“I thought there would have been a lot more interest,” he said. 

“It is well known. I’m surprised the interest has not been a lot stronger.”

kara.irving@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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