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Alhambra Restaurant Mainstay Twohey’s Forced to Move On After 75 Years

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With no lease in place, the company contemplates its future

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Alhambra’s 75-year-old Twohey’s restaurant is set to close its doors on February 1, a startling turn of fortune for one of the western San Gabriel Valley’s most beloved restaurants.

Per the company, new lease negotiations could not be worked out with the restaurant’s landlords, meaning the famous ‘Home of the Stinko’ burger will have to vacate after January. That’s a massive blow to longtime fans of the all-day diner, who came to rely on Twohey’s casual Sunday breakfasts, easygoing lunch, and daily dinner menus. This isn’t the first time Twohey’s has had to relocate, though; the restaurant was founded in 1943 in Pasadena, and jumped to its then-new Alhambra site a decade into its run.

A note from co-owner Jim Christos regarding the closure reads:

Sadly, our lease cannot be extended, so with much regret, we must say goodbye. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank the City of Alhambra, and all the faithful guests, family and friends that have visited and supported us all throughout the years. Most of all, we would like to thank our incredible staff, as we have been truly honored to have had such a talented, professional and loyal group of coworkers

It still remains to be seen what’s next for the current Twohey’s property, and if the original location will end up with a new home somewhere. There is a brand new Twohey’s Tavern restaurant, a more modern dinnertime concept, that opened just over a month ago in Pasadena as well. The final night of service is January 31.