The Trolley Car Diner turned off the grill and locked the doors for the last time yesterday, Oct 15, in Mount Airy near Philadelphia.
According to a Philadelphia Inquirer article from Aug, 27, 2019, Ken Weinstein, one of the partners in the diner, said that the diner would be closing on Oct 15 because “the diner is no longer financially sustainable.”
The Trolley Car Diner was once Joe Palooka’s Diner located at the Market Street Square (also known as The Station or Market Street) on E. Market St. and S. Wilkes-Barre Blvd in Wilkes-Barre.
Close to twenty years ago on November 5 1999, the diner was packaged up and relocated to its new home in Mount Airy. The diner was manufactured by the Mountain View Diners Company of New Jersey.
Here is the article from the Citizens’ Voice from Nov. 6, 1999 about the move.
Palooka’s was re-christened the Trolley Car Diner in 2000 and served the people of Mount Airy for 19 years.
There are still several Mountain View Diner Cars located in our area – Chick’s Diner and the Glider Diner, both in Scranton; the Lark Diner in Larksville, and the Village Diner in Milford.
Photographer Leah Frances, @americansquares, shared images of the dinner her instagram feed yesterday.
I have to say it looks the same as it did when I was in high school.
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“A Mountain View Diner will last a lifetime” but The Trolley Car Diner, 1951 Mountain View Dining car #315, will close today, October 15th, 2019. It was previously known as the Diamond City Diner and later as Palooka’s Diner when it was located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The diner was moved to Philadelphia, merged with a former Roy Rogers, and re-opened in 2000. The Trolley Car Diner’s 42-foot long neon sign was built by Len Davidson. It is the largest animated neon sign in the Philadelphia area, featuring spinning wheels and, when the traffic light changes, the doors open and close to reveal a driver and an exiting passenger. >> Swipe left for more.
Brian Fulton has been the librarian at The Times-Tribune for the past 15 years. On his blog, Historically Hip, he writes about the great concerts, plays/musicals and celebrity happenings that have taken place throughout NEPA. He is also the co-host of the local history podcast, Historically Hip. He competed and was crowned grand champion on an episode of NPR quiz show “Ask Me Another.” Contact: email@example.com; 570-348-9140; or @TTPagesPast