Trolley Car Cafe

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Trolley Car Cafe.

The Trolley Car Cafe gives the following descriptive information:

The Café is committed to using the freshest ingredients possible.

  • Our on-site, award-winning kitchen garden is chock-full of yummy vegetables and herbs that are included in the foods we serve.
  • Our salads are made with ingredients from our garden including 10 varieties of tomatoes, peppers, spinach, asparagus, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, swiss chard, and strawberries.
  • We even grow the fresh-cut flowers that appear on your table.
  • Those perfect blends of flavor are seasoned with herbs such as basil, chives, dill, parsley, rosemary, mint, lavender, and cilantro; all featured in our kitchen garden. 
  • The garden is lovingly attended to by Trolley Car Café owner Ken Weinstein every Saturday morning to ensure happy plants end up on your plate every time.
For more than 40 years, a quirky, little brick building named “The Bathey” sat on a forgotten piece of Fairmount Park. Located on South Ferry Road, the old, decrepit pool house sat mid-way between Ridge Avenue and Kelly Drive. Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust and East Falls Development Corporation (EFDC) sought a way to revive the once vibrant neighborhood swimming hole into a city landmark and gateway to East Falls.
In 2007, the Trust and EFDC facilitated a public-private partnership with developer Brinton Partners. In 2009, Brinton leased the space to Trolley Car Diner owner Ken Weinstein and plans were made to rehabilitate the building for use as a café, welcome center for East Falls and bike rental shop.
On November 12, 2009 a ground breaking ceremony, featuring Mayor Michael Nutter, was held to highlight the significance and uniqueness of this project. After six months of construction, Trolley Car Café opened on June 3, 2010.
The project was made possible with funding from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, the William Penn Foundation, the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, The Schuylkill Project, City of Philadelphia Commerce Department, The Reinvestment Fund, The Merchant’s Fund and capital investments from Brinton Partners and Trolley Car Cafe.

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