Trolley Car Diner in Mount Airy to close after nearly 20 years

Mike DeNardo
August 27, 2019 - 1:07 pm
Trolley Car Diner

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia is losing a landmark. 

Employees were notified Monday that the Trolley Car Diner in Mount Airy will close in mid-October.

For 19 years, the distinctive diner on Germantown Avenue, complete with an old SEPTA trolley car out front, served up scrapple and creamed chipped beef. But not for much longer.

"We held on as long as we could," said owner and developer Ken Weinstein, "but at the end of the day, it was hard to see how we could turn around this situation."

Weinstein said sales have been down by about 20 to 30 percent.

"The diner has been losing money for the last several years. But we came to this decision because there's a lot more competition and a lot more family-friendly choices in Northwest Philly these days."

Weinstein said he will help connect the diner's 55 employees with other restaurant jobs after the restaurant closes on Oct. 15.  

Aside from the camaraderie and history, there's something else Weinstein will miss dearly.

"I always loved the turkey Reuben with sauerkraut and the homemade chips on the side," he said. "I was a sucker for that dish."