Amid Twoheys’ signature signage as a backdrop, the owners of Twoheys Restaurant in South Pasadena staged an official ribbon cutting November 18, 2020.  Present for the ceremony were South Pasadena civic and community leaders. The event saluted the legendary restaurant’s continued legacy as one of Southern California’s well-known American eateries.


Twoheys. forrmerly in Alhambra, California, has been in the San Gabriel Valley since 1943 and home of the Original Stinko burger continues the tradition of serving customers from near and far who come to enjoy family-friendly American fare —  burgers, onion rings and soda fountain favorites, including its award-winning sundaes. Throughout its illustrious history, Twoheys has welcomed well-known celebrities including American Actors Cary Grant, Mickey Rooney, Bill Murray, American Painter/Illustrator Norman Rockwell and Author/Screen Writer Ray Bradbury.


To mark the official opening, co-owner Tanya Christos recognized family members (parents Paul and Mary Ann Mallis, Gregory Mallis, Jim Christos and Charlie Christos) and Director of Operations Bill Hamal who welcomed  South Pasadena Chamber Board of Directors: Chair Andrew Berk,  Past Chair Sam Hernandez, President & CEO Laurie Wheeler.  During the morning event, South Pasadena Mayor Bob Joe presented Twoheys with a certificate from the City of South Pasadena and  Field Deputy Savannah Moore of Los Angeles County Supervisor (5th District) Kathryn Barger’s office also presented a certificate to the Twoheys’ owners.  A third certificate was also given on behalf of California State Senator Anthony Portantino.


“We are truly honored to open Twoheys in South Pasadena, a location rich in history, and invite both long-time customers and new patrons to experience old time favorites and new menu items while making memories for future generations to come,” says Christos.


The new 5,200 square-foot restaurant’s interior, designed by Zoumas Design of South Pasadena and constructed by Peter Koulos Construction, brings together classic elements in a contemporary design –  combining the warmth and nostalgia of a diner with a lunch counter and old-time soda fountain in a refined, open and bright space.  The original Stink-o logo and signage has been updated for the 21stCentury with a youthful and whimsical design.


The well-known eatery has added a new twist on the American diner experience with alfresco dining, a Happy Hour menu, a full bar with seven hand crafted specialty cocktails such as the signature cocktail the “Stink-o-Tini,” and an expanded Twoheys retail shop which sells bittersweet, milk and caramel toppings, Jones Coffee Roasters Twoheys Blend coffee, Further Products hand soap and a selection of logo apparel.


Twoheys is open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 9  p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.  The Restaurant is closed on Tuesdays. Executive chefs, Gerardo Talamantes, Sr. and Enrique Elias, have created a menu that reflects both classic American fare from the original menu and new menu items that feature starters, soups/salads, sandwiches/clubs/melts, traditonal favorites, specialties, classic burgers, and breakfast served until 3 p.m. each day. Vegetarian and vegan selections are also available.


Twoheys boasts a total seating capacity of 199 with patio dining that can accommodate 90 diners in a socially responsible manner and an indoor private dining room that will seat up to 30 guests as safety mandates are lifted. The family-favorite restaurant also has its own soda fountain which serves Twoheys famous bittersweet, milk chocolate and caramel sundaes.


In addition, Twoheys Restaurant offers their Food Truck with either a choice of three Backyard Menu packages or a custom menu from any of Twoheys favorite menu items, accompanied by a state-of-the-art sound system offering endless music for those who wish

to hold socially responsible distanced events. Three Sisters Catering is another option for custom catering. The company’s team of culinary professionals pulls out all the stops to customize everything from cocktail receptions to off-site gourmet parties and corporate events.


Just in time for the holidays, Twoheys is offering two take-out and pick-up choices for Thanksgiving — a “House Roasted Turkey Breast Meal” for up to 6 people for $125 and a “House Roasted Turkey Breast & Ham Meal” for up to six people priced at $150.00.


In December, Twoheys will highlight a “Holiday Family Meal Pack ToGo” as well as a holiday

signature hand-crafted drink.



The award-winning Twoheys Restaurant opened October 10, 2020 in South Pasadena. Twoheys, pronounced “2ee’s,” originally opened in 1943 when owner Jack Twohey opened his first restaurant on Arroyo Boulevard in Pasadena.  At that time, the restaurant had 37 seats and quickly became known as the premier hamburger place for the finest hamburgers, onion rings and hand-dipped fountain specialties.  This former location featured memorable drive-up carhop service from the 1950s to the mid 1970s.  The Little Stink-O, clothes pin and tear drop logo was trademarked by Mr. Twohey in 1943.  It originated when he overheard a woman patron of the restaurant exclaim, “Oh-Stink-O,” when a gentleman next to her was served a hamburger generously garnished with onions and pickles.


Twoheys Restaurant has previously received several awards including, Los Angeles Times “Reader’s Choice,” Los Angeles Magazine “Best Family Restaurant,” Pasadena Star-News “Best Of,” and Pasadena Weekly “Best Of.”


Located in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, connecting Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino and Alhambra, California, Twoheys is situated at 424 Fair Oaks Avenue in South Pasadena, California 91030.   It is centrally located near the 110, 10 and 710 Freeways.  For more information, call 626 284-7387, email or visit  Follow and Tag Twoheys @Twoheys_Restaurant on social media.