Spectators at Elk Lake High School sporting events may already be familiar with the Giddy Up & Go Snack Shack.
Owners Mike and Heather Charles of Hop Bottom have been parking their new food truck at the high school since late April to catch the after school sports crowds.
They hope to carry this early success into other small events in the area.
“We’ve got a few lined up,” Mike Charles said.
This included the recent Chocolate and Wine Festival in Montrose. In the future, Charles said other one-day events such as car shows will hopefully be on their schedule.
Starting a food truck was something he always wanted to do, and recently he was in a good spot to finally give it a try.
“We’re taking a chance and doing it,” he said.
They had a general concept in mind for the business, but enlisted the help of the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center’s business incubator for advice on the specifics.
Heather teaches welding at the SCCTC and also coaches Elk Lake junior high softball while her husband works for GasSearch Drilling Services.
Consulting with people at the business incubator helped them through processes such as naming the business and getting sorted out with taxes.
“They helped us out a lot there and everything’s been falling into place since,” he said.
The menu at Giddy Up & Go offers chicken tenders, fries, mozzarella sticks, hot dogs, cheese steaks, burgers, onion rings and nachos.
Once in a while, there are special items offered like pizza and funnel cake.
“One we offer is the Dressed Texan. It’s basically a chilly dog with cheese,” he said. “Then there’s the opposite, the Naked Texan, which is just a plain hot dog.”
“I would say the best part of operating the truck is actually seeing the people’s faces to the names on the menu,” he added.
Some other standouts include The Chicken Coop and the Hay Bale.
At Giddy Up & Go, he does all the cooking, as he finds it enjoyable. Before the food truck opened, his cooking was limited to in the kitchen at home.
“It was a mutual agreement where I cook and she cleans,” he joked.
Since Heather is often busy with her coaching duties when they serve food at Elk Lake, Mike’s mother Linda steps in to help out.
The name “Giddy Up & Go” came from Heather’s love for horses. The original concept was to create a restaurant out of an old horse trailer, but when this idea didn’t work out, they still decided to keep the name.
Right now, Giddy Up & Go is helping out the Elk Lake softball team in a concession stand capacity.
“We come in and help out and donate 20 percent of our sales back to them so the booster moms can actually watch their kids play their games and not be worried about the concessions,” he explained.
For more information about Giddy Up & Go Snack Shack or to see where it will be parked next “on the Pennsylvania trail,” call 570-665-9176 or visit its Facebook page “Giddy Up & Go Snack Shack LLC.”