Twohey’s Restaurant Finally Re-Opens

Eatery rooted in the classic American diner style serves up classics, including killer hot fudge sundae and delicious burgers
Published on Nov 22, 2020

Two Hey’s Executive Chef Gerardo Talamantes, Sr. greets South Pasadena Mayor Bob Joe with a classic Two Hey’s hot fudge sundae and burger. (Courtesy photo)

Following the April 2019 closure of their original Alhambra location,  the owners of Twohey’s Restaurant staged an official ribbon cutting  at their new South Pasadena location November 18 to celebrate their reopening.

“We are truly honored to open Twohey’s in South Pasadena, a location rich in history, and invite both long-time customers and new patrons to experience old time favorites and new menu items while making memories for future generations to come,” said co-owner Tanya Christos.

The new 5,200 square-foot restaurant’s interior, designed by Zoumas Design of South Pasadena and constructed by Peter Koulos Construction salutes an American diner style with a lunch counter and old-time soda fountain in a refined, open and bright space.

The eatery’s original Stink-o logo and signage has also been updated for the 21stCentury with a youthful and whimsical design.

The new location also features outdoor dining, a Happy Hour menu, a full bar with seven specialty cocktails such as a signature cocktail,  the “Stink-o-Tini,” and an expanded Twoheys retail shop selling bittersweet, milk and caramel toppings, Jones Coffee Roasters Twoheys Blend coffee, Further Products hand soap, and a selection of logo apparel.

Twoheys boasts a total seating capacity of 199 including the patio dining which can accommodate 90 socially distant diners, along with an indoor private dining room that will seat up to 30 guests, as safety mandates are lifted.

The restaurant also has its own soda fountain, serving Twohey’s signature bittersweet, milk chocolate and caramel sundaes.

Executive chefs, Gerardo Talamantes, Sr. and Enrique Elias, have created a menu that reflects both classic American fare from the original menu and new menu items that feature starters, soups/salads, sandwiches/clubs/melts, traditional favorites, specialties, classic burgers, and breakfast served until 3 p.m. each day.

Twohey’s is open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 9  p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.  The Restaurant is closed on Tuesdays. Vegetarian and vegan selections are also available.

Twohey’s is also offering two take-out and pick-up choices for Thanksgiving — a “House Roasted Turkey Breast Meal” for up to 6 people for $125 and a “House Roasted Turkey Breast & Ham Meal” for up to six people priced at $150.00.  In December, Twohey’s will highlight a “Holiday Family Meal Pack ToGo” as well as a holiday signature hand-crafted drink.

Twohey’s, pronounced “2ee’s,” originally opened in 1943 when owner Jack Twohey opened his first restaurant on Arroyo Boulevard in Pasadena.  At that time, the restaurant had 37 seats and quickly became known as the premier hamburger place for the finest hamburgers, onion rings and hand-dipped fountain specialties.  This former location featured memorable drive-up carhop service from the 1950s to the mid-1970s.

The familiar Little Stink-O, clothespin and tear drop logo was trademarked by Mr. Twohey in 1943.  It originated when he overheard a woman patron of the restaurant exclaim, “Oh-Stink-O!,” when a gentleman next to her was served a hamburger generously garnished with onions and pickles.

Twoheys is at 424 Fair Oaks Avenue in South Pasadena, California 91030.   (626) 284-7387.

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