Rick’s Drive In & Out on Main Street is a big part of the collective memory of Alhambra High alumni. It had served as the prime, after-school hang out spot for decades.
As such, when Rick's was sold to a new owner last September, residents sent messages to the Source asking if the burger restaurant was closing down. So many new businesses have been cropping up on Main Street; it was only natural for locals to think that, maybe, Rick's would give way to a new establishment.
The Source interviewed Jenny Yam, the new owner, and her husband. They assured us that Rick’s isn't going anywhere, but may see some renovations in the near future.
“Nothing changed since we bought this restaurant. Same staff, same chefs, same recipes,” said Yam. Yam is an USC alumna who lives in San Gabriel. The previous owner, who was 83, put up Rick's for sale because he wanted to retire. “We saw the advertisement, then bought it from him,” said Yam.
The new owners intend to maintain the same diner-style charm of the restaurant, but will do some renovations to the decor and facilities. There may be some changes made to the benches, tables and chairs. The owners will also introduce some new items, such as iced tea and boba, to the menu to cater to the younger generation. The outdoor stage—and the weekend performances—will remain.
"We will keep the traditions at Rick's going," said Yam.
Editor' note: The interview was translated from Chinese.