Last stop for Mt. Airy's Trolley Car Diner: 'It's been an amazing ride'

Andrew Kramer
October 19, 2019 - 4:00 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you've driven along Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy at any point over the past two decades, you've probably noticed the Trolley Car Diner.

Tuesday was your last chance to step inside and get some food as the popular diner closed for good after nearly 20 years in business.

"It's bittersweet," said hostess Lori Lindquist. "It's been a beautiful experience. If these walls could talk they'd have a lot to say. It's been an amazing ride."

She'd worked at the diner since it opened in 2000 and said she's going to miss all the customers and her coworkers, who she called her "family."

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"One of the waitresses and the busser who used to both work here, they wound up meeting here and getting married here," she shared with KYW Newsradio. "We've all grown very close. A lot of great memories are held in a lot of people's hearts because of the Trolley Car Diner."

Steven Wisser used to live in Mount Airy and drove in from Reading to enjoy one final Trolley Car Diner omelet, which he calls the "best in the world."

"I try to make it a regular visit for breakfast and for care of my soul, this place has always done that," he said. "You feel like when you come in, you're eating with family. There are really kind people who will sit at the counter and pick up your check. It's made this one of the nicest, kindest places in Mount Airy."

In fact, Lindquist, who's lived in Mount Airy her entire life, said "the Trolley Car Diner definitely brought the life back into Mount Airy when it came."

Dorrine McKinney is another regular who came for last call and said she used to eat at the diner once or twice a week.

"It's always a place you can come that you can call your home," she said. "It's kind of like having a home-cooked meal without you actually having to make it."

She enjoyed her final meal there with her niece, who she said used to go to the diner even more than her aunt. 

"It's kind of like losing a family member," added McKinney. "We'll never forget, it's just a matter of we won't be able to come here again."

Behind one of the counters is a photo collage of all the current and past employees.

The diner auctioned of some memorabilia to customers. 

That money goes to charity.