Boise’s Historic Trolley House Restaurant Can Be Yours for $1.7 Million
The Trolley House has been serving up specialty omelets and other incredible made-from scratch breakfasts and lunches on Warm Springs Avenue since 1976. Now the building it calls home is on the market.
We stumbled across the listing while working on our photo gallery of the most expensive homes on the market in Boise and were a little surprised to see the the historic restaurant for sale. It's long been a hidden gem for people to stop at for some good, home cooking before or after hiking Table Rock. In fact, quite a few customers compare it to their grandma's kitchen.
So why is The Trolley House for sale? We reached out to Beth Ritter, the listing agent, to find out. Beth explained that the woman who owns the Trolley House has been running all aspects of the restaurant for over 30 years. She's the one who does the grocery shopping, runs to US Foods CHEF'STORE (formerly Cash & Carry) for supplies and handles the restaurant's books. On top of the behind the scenes work, she's often on the floor serving right along her staff. She's reached a point in her life where she's ready to retire and move on to a more restful chapter of her life.
That's why she's hoping that someone will purchase the restaurant, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The new owners could continue running and possibly revamping the Trolley House or run with a whole new idea.
The Trolley House may have gotten its current name in 1976, but the building itself has been standing on Warm Springs Avenue since 1922. According to the Idaho Architecture Project, it was originally a used as a trolley dispatch station that made it easy for people to visit the original Natatorium and White City Park, a small amusement park that included several rides and a roller coaster.
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The trolley system eventually went bankrupt and left the property. The first restaurant that opened at 1821 E Warm Springs Avenue was the Avenue Inn. And as you know, eventually it became the family owned Trolley House in the late 70s. Its listing in the Idaho Architecture Project and an old article in the Boise Weekly seem to suggest that at one time, there was a speakeasy in the basement during prohibition.
The restaurant is listed for $1.7 million and Beth is so excited to take potential buyers on a private tour. Her contact info is listen on the flyer showing off the historic restaurant!