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Iconic SGV Diner Twohey’s Takes Over the Former Carmine’s in South Pasadena

The 75-year-old Alhambra diner will stay open until it makes the move

The new Twohey’s in South Pasadena
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Twohey’s, the 75-year-old Alhambra diner that was slated to complete operations in its longtime home at the end of this month, has already found a new home in South Pasadena. It takes over the former Carmine’s in South Pasadena along Fair Oaks Avenue, an Italian-American restaurant that originally opened back in 1989 but closed in 2016. Twohey’s should open in the brick building space by spring 2018, but plan to stay open in their current Alhambra space until the move. Thus, the Alhambra restaurant will not be closing at the end of this month, as previously announced.

The beloved diner tried for years to negotiate a new lease structure in its former space, but fans should feel pretty good about only having to trek a few miles north to South Pasadena for burgers, onion rings, shakes, and hot fudge sundaes. Its most popular dish, the Stinko Burger, comes with just pickles and sliced onions. Originally opened in 1943, Twohey’s recently debuted Twohey’s Tavern in Pasadena in 2017, a more elevated restaurant with some menu classics as well as specialties like beef stew, spencer steak with roasted turnips, and fried chicken.

Once the original Twohey’s reopens in South Pasadena, it’ll serve from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday to Thursday, and until midnight on weekends.