1943 landmark Twohey’s Restaurant kicks off 75th anniversary celebration

Caption: City of Alhambra Councilmember Jeff Maloney presents the Key to the City to Twohey’s at the restaurant’s 75th anniversary party on June 27. From left are Mr. Maloney, Twohey’s co-owner Jim Christos, former owner Jerry Twohey, former owner Jean Twohey Kilmer, co-owner Tanya Christos, co-owner Greg Mallis, and Paul Mallis.

Amid a colorfully clad lineup of waiters and waitresses serving signature favorites, including sliders and legendary bittersweet hot fudge sundaes, the owners of Southern California landmark Twohey’s Restaurant pulled out all the stops in celebration of the legendary restaurant’s 75 years in business.

The birthday bash kicked off with a celebration on June 27.

To commemorate the year-long celebration, Twohey’s, home of the Little Stinko Burger, featured its famous 75-cent ice cream floats on the menu for customers to enjoy throughout the day.

Co-owner Jim Christos and his family, together with original owners Jean and Jerry Twohey, welcomed members of the community, including civic and community leaders from the San Gabriel Valley, who took part in the festivities that included a key to the city being presented to Twohey’s by the City of Alhambra.

Included in the festivities were vintage cars from the ‘40s to ’70s; city officials from Alhambra, Pasadena, South Pasadena, and San Marino; present and past owners of Twohey’s, delving into a larger-than-life hot fudge sundae in the Restaurant’s Huntington Room; the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Queen and Princesses; a past Tournament of Roses Princess; a doo wop band: Woodie and the Longboards performing live entertainment from the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s; ‘50s-style dancers; and waitresses dressed in 75th anniversary T-shirts, serving the restaurant’s 75th anniversary menu among other signature specialties.

The 75th Anniversary Classics menu included an array of entrees: chicken pot pie, chicken fried steak, liver and onions, sand dabs, Angus short ribs, and stuffed peppers. For dessert, guests could enjoy strawberry short cake and a special shake of the day.

“We are truly honored to have been a part of the community for so many years, and are delighted to have the family of the original owners Jean and Jerry Twohey present for this milestone event. We hope to continue making memories and continue the tradition of serving quality food for future generations,” said Mr. Christos.

On July 13, the Restaurant celebrated Throwback Thursday and sold 75-cent Little Stinko sliders from the its food truck in the parking lot. Patrons purchased a mini ice cream sundaes for 75 cents in the restaurant with the purchase of a lunch or dinner entrée.

About Twohey’s Restaurant Alhambra

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 premiere hamburger place for the finest hamburgers, onion rings, and hand-dipped fountain specialties. The present location featured memorable drive-up carhop service from the 1950s to the mid 1970s. The Little Stink-O clothes pin and tear 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.

Today, the 180-seat Twohey’s Restaurant, named a Pasadena Weekly “Best of Pasadena” winner for the “Best Family Restaurant,” “Best Burger,” and” Best Breakfast,” and a 2012 Los Angeles Times Readers’ Choice “Best of Southern California” winner, boasts 300 menu items priced from $7.95 to $22.95.

Located in the heart of San Gabriel Valley on the corner of Huntington Drive and Atlantic, connecting South Pasadena, San Marino, and Alhambra, the Restaurant is situated at 1224 N. Atlantic Blvd. in Alhambra. It is centrally located near the 10, 110, and 710 Freeways. For reservations and information, phone 626-284-7387, and visit www.twoheys.com.


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May 2018


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