Iconic Twohey’s Restaurant Celebrates Old Love and New Beginnings

Fred Padilla and Margaret Cole Padilla pose with their wedding picture taken 43 years ago.Jimmy Christos the owner of TwoHeys talks with customers on the last day of it\'s Alhambra location.Fred Padilla and Margaret Cole Padilla answer questions about renewing their wedding vows after 43 years of marriage at TwoHey\'s restaurant.Customers dine at TwoHey\'s restaurant on the last day of the Alhambra location. Fred Padilla reminisces about eating at TwoHey\'s restaurant for over 40 years.Fred Padilla and Margaret Cole Padilla renew their wedding vows after 43 years of marriage at TwoHey\'s restaurant.A picture is on display of TwoHey\'s future location in South Pasadena.Fred Padilla and Margaret Cole Padilla renew their wedding vows after 43 years of marriage at TwoHey\'s restaurant.Fred Padilla and Margaret Cole Padilla eat a hot-fudge sunday after renewing their wedding vows after 43 years of marriage at TwoHey\'s restaurant.Customers dine at TwoHey\'s restaurant on the last day of the Alhambra location.

By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor with DAVID CROSS | Photography by JAMES CARBONE

4:59 am | August 23, 2018


The nostalgia and anticipation continued this week as 75-year-old Twohey’s restaurant celebrated its upcoming move to South Pasadena with a celebration of love Wednesday.

The stalwart diner started in Pasadena in 1943 before it moved to its current and now-closing location a block south of city limits in Alhambra. About six months ago, Twohey’s lost its lease and faced closure. But then, a happy ending as the new location was secured.

Longtime customers Fred and Martha Padilla renewed their wedding vows in the Rose Room at Twohey’s in an emotional afternoon ceremony before friends and family. Twohey’s is where Fred took Martha for a chocolate malt after their first meeting at Don Bosco Tech, where they both worked as teachers.

“At one of the faculty meetings in 1974,” Fred remembered Wednesday, “All of a sudden my wife, my future wife, walks into the meeting, and I asked her what she was doing there, since it was an all boys school, and an all-male faculty for the most part, and we got to talking, and then she said that she loved malts, chocolate malts.”

Fred pounced on the opportunity.

“I said, ‘Well, all right, I have to take you to a place that I’ve been going to since high school, Twohey’s. She’d never heard of Twohey’s. So we came here and she had a chocolate malt and she fell in love with the place.

And Fred and Martha found love at Twohey’s. Back then, Fred would drive Martha to Twohey’s for her favorite chocolate malts in his Dad’s 1958 Chevy, the same one they drove off in Wednesday after the afternoon ceremony.

For Twohey’s owner Jim Christos, it’s been an emotional six months or so as well, as his family originally announced that they would be closing their doors after 67 years, after failing to negotiate a deal with their landlord.

“We bought the Twohey’s restaurant 21 years ago from the original Twohey’s family. It was a painful moment for them,” he said Wednesday. “They didn’t really want to sell, but they didn’t have another generation to take over the restaurant. So we came along and my brother in law, and my wife, Greg Malice, and Tanya Christos, we bought the restaurant 21 years ago.

For the Christo’s family, it was a bittersweet celebration, but one filled with anticipation and excitement over the move to the new location in South Pasadena.

“We didn’t want to move,” Christos emphasized. “It’s painful, but it’s a lot better to save the name, the brand, but more importantly and also to keep employed 65 employees and individuals and their families, and once we’re there, we do have a very nice long-term lease that we’ve negotiated so we will be staying in that location hopefully for a long time.”

And hopefully, the next Fred and Martha Padilla will discover love there as well.

Twohey’s will open new again, this time in South Pasadena at 424 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena.