The Trolly Stop on Franklin Street creates a sense of community within Chapel Hill by serving a traditional hot dog and providing a down-home atmosphere that takes people back in time.
- 104 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
- Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-3am
- (919) 240-4206
- social media: Trolly Stop Hot Dogs-Chapel Hill@trollystop
- Expect to spend around $5-6 on a meal
Tar Heel Tips:
- Lunch time is the best time to go to Trolly Stop
- Trolly Stop’s Facebook page posted on November 14th that if you are a UNC student with a one card, you can enjoy a classic Trolly Dog for just $1.50! We’d love to have you and your friends come visit us! #TrollyTime!
- The “Franklin Street” hot dog served with mustard, chilli, and dill pickles is specific to this Trolly Stop location and features what they are known for: hot dogs!
- Walking distance from UNC campus
- Grab your UNC attire at the stores nearby Trolly Stop
- Great place to spend time with family and friends
Take a Glimpse into Trolly Stop’s History
If you are looking for a traditional hot dog where you can get a taste of the North Carolina down-home experience, then the Trolly Stop is the restaurant for you. This Chapel Hill hang-out puts emphasis on accommodating everyone, offering five different types of hot dogs, two hamburgers, and thirteen fresh toppings, including both vegetarian and gluten-free options. According to their website, the first Trolly Stop was opened by B.C. Hedgepath in 1976 under the name Station 1 because it was the first stop on the trolley line in Wrightsville Beach where the original location still exists today. Ever since it first opened, the restaurant has built its brand by serving hot dogs with mom-and-pop charm that has made Trolly Stop famous. Today this tradition is maintained in all the stores that are franchisee-owned and operated in Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, Southport, and Chapel Hill. Trolly Stop made Chapel Hill its new home when it opened on 306 W. Franklin St. on October 18, 2014 and moved to 104 W. Franklin St. on Feb. 9, 2017. These classic, inexpensive hot dogs are served to young and old from all different walks of life. The Trolly Stop on Franklin Street creates a sense of community within Chapel Hill by serving a traditional hot dog and providing a down-home atmosphere that takes people back in time.
Share a Traditional Hot Dog with your Community
Trolly Stop’s hot dogs foster community because they connect people to the food’s origin and bring about memories of the past. The traditional hot dog comes from two sausages of German and eastern European origin, containing a mixture of beef and pork. When immigrants brought hot dogs to the U.S. during the twentieth century, they were initially served in local stands in urban places such as Chicago. The memorable experience of eating a hot dog at one of these stands significantly impacted many people. According to Holtzman, “Memory may be private remembrance, public displays of historically validated identity, an intense experience of an epochal historical shift, or reading the present through the imagining of a past that never was–all processes in which food is implicated” (pg. 372). Over time, hot dogs expanded to be served at baseball games because they were easily mass-produced and affordable, allowing people to share them with family and friends. Kraig states, “For those raised on the local hot dogs, biting into one evokes the past, and most fondly remembered are the stands that…have a dated quality about them, often a kind of grunginess, which may even enhance the flavor by adding a measure of nostalgia to the other ingredients” (pg. 60-61). Therefore, when families share a traditional hot dog, older members reminisce on past memories and younger members get a glimpse into the past that they never experienced. The Trolly Stop continues this tradition of serving hot dogs that evoke fond memories.
Experience a Down-Home Atmosphere with your Community
Trolly Stop brings people together through its no frills, down-home style and old-timey aesthetics that make people feel welcome and take them back in time. Kraig notes that these expressions of tradition and home, “are indicative of what Victor and Edith Turner have called a ‘liminal’ state, a place neither here nor there, where the structures of the familiar world are reversed, where the hierarchies that rule us, the constraints of society, have been removed” (pg. 61). Trolly Stop creates this liminal state through the simple way it serves its meals, using Styrofoam cups, cardboard containers for sides, and hot dog served on wax covered trays. These inexpensive touches not only make people feel at home, but also make it less expensive for the costumers. This welcomes a greater diversity of patrons to Trolly Stop because it is affordable and not pretentious.
Additionally, Trolly Stop keeps the traditional hot dog stand’s color scheme alive by continuing the red and yellow colors in their logo, in the sign on front of the building, and throughout the restaurant. The logo includes train filled with an array of different animals and a hot dog on top of the train which has a distinct 1970s appeal. This is conveyed through the eclectic font and the animals’ accessories (including groovy headbands and glasses). Trolly Stop made the active decision not to change its original logo, keeping this dated aesthetic to take people back in time. For example, my grandmother remembers going to Trolly Stop on a date with my grandfather in the 1970s. Whenever she goes back to this restaurant she reminisce on how this restaurant hasn’t changed since her first visit which makes her feel at home. Trolly Stop reminds her of this time in history, which she tells me about when we eat there together. This historical aesthetic nurtures a community atmosphere through allowing people to get a taste of history, different from the modern establishments around them. Ultimately, Trolly Stop fosters community by serving a traditional hot dog that is shared in this down-home, old-timey atmosphere among a community of people who feel welcome to venture to this restaurant for a historical and memory-evoking experience.
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