Tuesday, April 3, 2012

My heart goes out to Vern for Eds passing...RIP Ed

Ed was a hell of a guy and was always available for consultation. I have been a regular at the Rock Store for over 35 years and for a time lived across the street from it.  Ed will be missed dearly....RIP


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 the interest of 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 amongst 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 Ed 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.

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