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74-Year-Old Alhambra Diner Twohey’s Finally Decides to Add a Second Location

The upcoming Twohey’s Tavern will offer guests something new in Pasadena

Twohey’s Tavern rending, Pasadena
Twohey’s Tavern
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 beloved Twohey’s Restaurant is eyeballing some expansion, a cool 74 years after first opening along Atlantic Boulevard. Founded first in 1943, the neon-tinged eatery is looking to expand into Pasadena with a more modern and casual tavern concept, while keeping much of the original charm of those early menus intact.

To do just that, the two co-owning families (the Mallis’s and Christos’s) have brought on chef Travis Limoge. He’s the former chef de cuisine of Mardi — and has spent plenty of time at loads of other stops in town — who now lands the task of turning an old favorite into a modern, thriving food option for a new part of town. The plan is to play to familiar crowds with classic American casual restaurant fare from 60-plus years ago (think burgers, shakes, steaks, diner eggs, and more) but with a lot more care towards the ingredients and the process.

As seen from the rendering above, Twohey’s Tavern aims to be a sleek differentiator along Foothill Boulevard, something more akin to a Simmzy’s than a war-era diner. That’s good news for the future of the Twohey’s name, and should bode well for locals looking to eat well inside the former La Nueva Posada in the eastern stretch of Pasadena. No timeline for official opening yet, but expect more news later this year.

Twohey’s Tavern
2835 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA