Alhambra locals have long known about Twohey’s, the all-day diner favorite that has kept their classic menu running for some 75 years. Now a new generation is going to get to know the local name, thanks to Twohey’s Tavern in Pasadena, opening next week.
Whereas the original restaurant in Alhambra is known for its big booths and even bigger breakfast menu, Twohey’s Tavern is meant to be a refined casual restaurant experience with a much more focused chef-driven menu. That’s thanks in large part to journeyman chef Travis Limoge (Mardi), who was brought on early in the project by co-owning families (the Mallis’s and Christos’s). Limoge makes housemade hot sauces, curing his own meats, and adding other personal touches for the restaurant along the way.
That’s not to say Twohey’s Tavern is entirely of-the-moment. The opening dinner menu is actually laid out in much the same format as the old 1940s-era Twohey’s diner evening menu, and features throwback options like beef stew, a Spencer steak with roasted turnips, and an updated version of Twohey’s signature Stinko, an onion-heavy burger with garlic aioli. The opening menus are below.
As for the space, expect a collection of two- and four-tops, bar-height seats, and a long run of booth seating to fill out the dining room. There’s a more casual setup over by the full bar, and industrial brick and wood accents throughout. Twohey’s Tavern officially opens next week, keeping evening hours only to start, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. most nights, with an extension to 11 p.m. (midnight in the bar) on Friday and Saturday.
2835 E. Foothill Blvd.