Ed and Vern (Veronica) Savko moved to Southern California from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania after WWII. They stumbled across this building, made entirely out of volcanic rock, which had been a stagecoach stop in the 1910’s. They purchased this “Rock Store” in 1961 and created a small town grocery store out of it. As the years rolled by, many changes were taking place in this town of Cornell, California.
Cornell started growing in population, which forced the development of major roadways connecting Mulholland Highway to the Pacific Coast. As people started flocking to this area, more and more people started taking notice of this small town store. Not only were carloads of people stopping by for cold refreshments, but motorcyclists began pouring in from all directions. They were drawn to the windy canyon roads and, of course, the opportunity to really test out their riding skills.
As more and more people began frequenting this pit stop it became a landmark institution for the avid motorcyclist community. Ed and Vern have built a reputation for the Rock Store as one of the top tourist destinations, and a hang out for the “who’s who” of the motorcycling world. The Rock Store is the most famous motorcycle stop in Southern California, if not the world, and has been featured in many commercials, films, music videos, television productions and magazine photos.
Among the attractions are the rustic settings, celebrity sightings, hundreds of bikes to look at and the food and drinks. The Rock Store is most popular for their hefty breakfasts, BBQ tri-tip sandwiches, teriyaki chicken sandwiches, homemade chili and more and don’t forget those ice cold beverages.
On any given weekend you can stop by and chat with the celebrities who frequent the Rock Store. There is always interest in Jay Leno and “what is he going to ride up on today?” Jay enjoys bringing up any one of his latest toys so that everyone can see it. You can usually find him in the parking lot talking among the people. He’ll be the first one to show you under the hood of his new truck, or help someone with repairs on their bike. Arnold Schwarzenegger often pops his head in for a quick bite before spinning off into the canyons. Matt LeBlanc, Tommy Lee, Harrison Ford and others can be spotted hanging out on the patio with friends. You really never know who you are going to see walk through the front door.
Stop by and chat with Rich and Vern over breakfast in our rustic restaurant or a BBQ lunch and beer on our patio. They truly have created the most biker friendly place in the universe.
More about the Rock Store:
“…On Sundays, the Rock Store draws all kinds of riders from the greater Los Angeles area. Racing-leather-clad sportbikers mingle with vintage restoration artists. Doctor and lawyer Harley guys rub elbows with old-school bee-in-the-teeth Harley guys. They come to talk bikes, to ogle the latest and greatest machines, swap tales of speed and excess, and suck down cold drinks between forays into the canyons…”
“…You can’t miss the place. On any given Saturday or Sunday dozens — possibly hundreds depending on the time — of modern Harleys or vintage restored bikes are parked out front, just off the road. Inside, the clientele ranges from the Hollywood elite to muscle-bound biker chicks in leather chaps. Lotsa leather either way, which makes me sweat just looking at it on this roaring hot day. Today, both Jay Leno and Arnold Schwarzenegger have dropped by…”
“…SoCal’s Rock Store, located on the famous Mulholland Highway, has the best of all worlds. Located between the tony seaside town of Malibu and LA’s valley area, the Rock Store is wonderfully linked to picturesque Pacific Coast Highway by a series of serpentine canyon roads that climb through the Santa Monica mountains. On any given weekend, the Rock Store’s parking lot is filled with interesting and exotic bikes, whether of the sport variety or the American V-Twin chopper crowd… So next time you’re in Southern California, do yourself a favor and take Latigo Canyon from PCH in Malibu up to Mulholland and the Rock Store. The ride up the tight and twisting Latigo, with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and hilltop mansions, is unforgettable, and the motorcycle eye candy at the Rock Store—especially on Sundays—rivals many bike shows.”
“The most famous motorcycle hangout in Southern California attracts celebrity riders, but gets the majority of its street cred from location. Great riding is just around the corner. Mulholland Highway is a favorite of cruiser riders, while nearby Malibu Canyon is popular with the sportbike crowd. Many different bikes show up on Sundays, ranging from Harley customs to European exotics, including, every so often, several ridden by notables such as Jay Leno and Peter Fonda.”