The Laurel Tavern, Canyon Store & Frank Zappa
The building which now houses the Canyon Store was built in 1929.
The Laurel Tavern
The log cabin road house was first called the Laurel Tavern. It had a bowling alley in the basement, and was later bought by silent film star Tom Mix. One of the last residents to occupy the cabin before it burned in the 1970’s was Frank Zappa.
Allegedly, Larry “Wild Man” Fischer met Frank Zappa by simply walking up to his front door and asking if he could play Frank a song. It is said that Frank did not even have locks on his doors.
In the end, Fischer would be banned from the house by Frank’s wife, Gail. After one drug-fueled episode, Larry had a fit and threw a glass bottle narrowly missing their toddler daughter, Moon Unit. The Tate/LaBianca Murders however, got Frank to pick up and move for good. Reality check! The Summer of Love and all that stuff was over and done.
Source: Laurel Canyon Association