Landmark Twohey’s Restaurant Celebrates 75 Years with Retro-Inspired Multi-Community Birthday Bash

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By BRANDON VILLALOVOS

5:08 am | June 28, 2017


Alhambra-based Twohey’s Restaurant celebrated its 75 year anniversary Tuesday morning with a retro inspired birthday bash that transported patrons into the Doo Wop era popular during the local eatery’s early years.

 

Present Co-owner Jim Christos and his family, together with original owners Jean and Jerry Twohey, welcomed local dignitaries and members of the community to the milestone anniversary bash honor the restaurant’s legacy and taste award winning menu items.

“It’s really a neighborhood restaurant that brings back a lot of memories for a lot of people. It transcends generations and it also brings a lot of different demographics together in the area. We are very fortunate to be here for 75 years and we’re looking forward to serving the community for another 75 years,” said Twohey’s Co-owner Christos.

Twohey’s, pronounced “2ee’s,” opened in 1943 when owner Jack Twohey opened his first restaurant on Arroyo Boulevard in Pasadena.

At the time, the restaurant had 37 seats and quickly became known as the premier hamburger place for the tastiest hamburgers, onion rings and hand-dipped fountain specialties.

It’s signature Stinko Burger got its name, according to local legend, from a woman founder Jack Twohey overheard exclaiming “Oh, stinko!” when her companion was served a hamburger dressed with a thick slice of onion and pickles.

The restaurant moved a decade later to Alhambra where it’s been at the intersection of Huntington Drive and Atlantic Blvd. ever since.

“Twohey’s stands out. There are very, very few restaurants like this in southern California,” said Christos.

Twohey’s has been home of the original Stinko Burger with fries. L.A. Weekly says the name came from a woman founder Jack Twohey overheard exclaiming “Oh, stinko!” when her companion was served a hamburger dressed with a thick slice of onion and pickles.

Today, the 180-seat Twohey’s Restaurant Alhambra features over 300 menu items and is home to menu items that include winning a 2012 Los Angeles Times Readers’ Choice “Best of Southern California” award.

“It’s a home away from a home,” said Christos.

Festivities at the lunch time celebration included vintage cars from the 40s-70s, city officials from Alhambra, Pasadena, South Pasadena and San Marino, an appearance from the present queen and princess from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, a Doo Wop Band: Woodie And The Longboards performing live entertainment from the 40s, 50s, and 60s, 50-style dancers; and waitresses dressed as car hops serving the restaurant’s 75th Anniversary menu among other signature specialties.

At one point in time, the San Gabriel Valley had four different Twohey’s locations in operation, according to Christos who recently announced plans of opening a new Pasadena location.

“We’re very excited to bring back Twohey’s into Pasadena,” said Christo.

When it reopens in Pasadena at 2835 E. Foothill Blvd., it will be called Twohey’s Tavern and will feature a menu curated by chef Travis Limoge to turn an old favorite into a modern food option for the San Gabriel Valley landmark.

“It’ll be a Twohey’s with a lot smaller menu. It’s going to have a different and edgier vibe to it and it’s going to be American cuisine, but modern American cuisine,” explained Christo about the innovate new menu.

The Alhambra landmark is a kind of hub for nearby residents who frequent the restaurant.

According to Christos, the location was closed for renovations in 1997 and left customers upset.

“People were distraught for about a month. They didn’t know where to go. It’s amazing to see how heartfelt our patrons feel about us,” said Christos.

“We hope to continue making memories and continue the tradition of serving quality food for future generations.”

Located in the heart of San Gabriel Valley on the corner of Huntington Drive and Atlantic, connecting South Pasadena, San Marino and Alhambra, California, the Restaurant is situated at 1224 N. Atlantic Boulevard in Alhambra, California. It is centrally located near the 10, 110 and 710 Freeways.

For reservations and information, call (626) 284-7387 and visit www.twoheys.com