about us


Three Monkeys Café opened its doors on August 25, 2005. Started by Gavin Wolfe, Mike McDonald, and Ed McDonald, these three Northeast Philly residents revitalized the former Torresdale Antiques building across from Torresdale Train Station into the one of a kind Three Monkeys Café. Three Monkeys Café offers a unique atmosphere with three distinct dining experiences. The pub area resembles an Olde City style restaurant complete with a hand carved, turn of the century restored bar. This antique piece of history was salvaged from an old Kensington tap room known as Felix’s Café located off of Jasper Street and Lehigh Avenue. The old marble on the face of the front-bar was removed, cleaned and shaped to now contour the top of the bar. 

Evolution of monkeys t-shirt.
A white house with a car parked in front of it.
Four men standing in front of a house.
A wooden bar in the back of a truck.
A man is working on a mantle in a room.

The wood-work that was found underneath is a must see. Photos of olde-Philly and the East Torresdale area adorn the antique papered walls. The back part of the pub area has a bit more of an artistic feel with some Salvadore Dali classics along with other mind teasing artwork. The Risdon Ferry dining room has the elegant, Victorian feel of a bygone era. Three Monkeys Café is one of the few restaurants in Northeast Philadelphia to offer el fresco dining. The outside Monkey Court was inspired by Key West’s famous relaxed, outdoor ambiance. Three Monkeys Café also caters to everyone’s tastes by offering daily blackboard specials prepared by our award winning chef. Escape from the ordinary and come visit Three Monkeys Cafe...“Eat, Drink,& Be Monkey!”