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Twohey’s Long Alhambra Tenure Comes to an End

Twohey’s long goodbye to the city of Alhambra ended April 14, 2019 when the iconic eatery closed its doors one final time after 68 years at the corner of Atlantic Blvd. and Huntington Drive. Photo by Jon Thurber.

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Twohey’s long goodbye to the city of Alhambra ended Sunday when the iconic
eatery closed its doors one final time after 68 years at the corner of Atlantic Blvd. and Huntington Drive.

Twohey’s opened in Pasadena in 1943 and moved to Alhambra in 1951. Originally a drive-in, the location was remodeled in the early 1970s and has been operating with the same look and feel ever since.

Jim Christos, a co-owner of Twohey’s who has had a piece of the restaurant since 1998, has said he plans to move the restaurant to the old Carmine’s location in the shopping center at the base of Raymond Hill in South Pasadena. Twohey’s reopening is expected in June or later, according to the restaurant’s web site.

Twohey’s long goodbye to Alhambra has stretched over the last couple of years. Christos
has claimed that the property owner had raised the rent to an unsustainable level, while representatives of the property owner have stated that the rent increases have only reflected current market value for the property.

In March, Alhambra’s Planning Commission heard a proposal by the owner of the land to demolish the Twohey’s restaurant building and replace it with a multi-use restaurant and retail space. However, the commission voted unanimously to continue the public hearing after objections to the application were raised by local residents concerned about traffic.

On Wednesday morning there was printed sign on the door noting that Twohey’s had officially closed and thanking the restaurant’s loyal patrons, friends and staff “for all the memories created in Alhambra.”

In the driveway to the restaurant, the historic Twohey’s caricature neon sign sat loaded on a flatbed truck ready to be moved into storage. Workers were taking down the historic signs in the building as well. Christos has said the neon sign would be used in some capacity at the new location.

Originally located at the corner of Arroyo Parkway and California Blvd.in Pasadena, Jack Twohey opened the restaurant in 1943. It was a small spot and could accommodate just 37 diners. It became known for its hamburgers, hand-dipped sundaes and onion rings. It thrived as a drive-in restaurant in Alhambra and expanded briefly into several Southern California locations.

 

Updated with information on Twohey’s sign on April 19 at 1:32 p.m.

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