J.J. Live Oak Steakhouse - Rockefellas Bar

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Once J.J. Live Oak Steakhouse and El Cerrito Inn and now Rockefellas Bar, the place is said to be haunted. Local legend tells of a 1988 waitress who was strangled and left in the trunk of a car behind the inn. Her ghost is said to flush toilets near closing time or ring the food bell. Another point of interest is an oak tree in front, said to have been used for hangings long ago. The tree appears to be growing out of an old noose.

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Geographic Information

Address:
21700 Temescal Canyon Rd
Corona, CA 92883
United States

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GPS:
33.804874, -117.50428699999998
County:
Riverside County, California
Nearest Towns:
El Cerrito, CA (2.7 mi.)
Home Gardens, CA (5.1 mi.)
Corona, CA (6.0 mi.)
Norco, CA (9.1 mi.)
Woodcrest, CA (10.0 mi.)
Trabuco Canyon, CA (11.0 mi.)
Portola Hills, CA (11.3 mi.)
Pedley, CA (11.9 mi.)
Riverside, CA (12.0 mi.)
Mead Valley, CA (12.1 mi.)

Contact Information

Web:
http://rockefellasbar.com

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  1. In around 1999 the new owner was doing some remodeling. Workers sometimes complained about tools being moved, doors opening and closing, and strange noises. No one wanted to be there aline…. and the were big ol’ construction workers!

  2. I use to live in the creek side mobile estates and use to go jogging at night and every time I passed that place I always had a creepy feeling with the hairs on my back standing. Pretty scary it was all the time

  3. Unfortunately, you have posted the legend of the Live Oak Inn. The BIM has conducted 2 investigations of that property but not before we did some research. The team pulled property records, criminal records, etc… long before stepping foot in the place. The BIM Team found that the “watress named Michelle” was not a waitress and her name was not Michelle, it was Kim Quinn. She was not employed by the Live Oak at all. She went there to “party” with the short order cook and his friend. Long story short, she was raped and strangled in the back of Steven Mondares’ trailer that was parked behind the Live Oak Inn. He later roller her body up in the carpet she died on and stuffed her in the trunk of his car parked on the North side of the Live Oak. A few days later, Mondares tried to sell the vehicle to Donald Gay with the body still in the trunk. The claim by Gay is that he had nothing to do with the murder and furthermore wanted nothing to do with the car after finding the body in the trunk while it was still broken down in the Live Oak parking lot. Both men were arrested but Gay was released a few days after since the Sheriff’s Dept was unable to find enough evidence to proveGay was in on it. Mondares confessed and was sent to prison and refused his own right to a probation hearing stating he “did not deserve it.”The tree out front (The Live Oak) was in no way used as a hanging tree as a matter of fact it was planted as a sapling in the late 1930’s when The Live Oak Inn was built. The wire/cord/rope seen on the tree was used as a tie dow since that area is subject to very high winds.Larry, the owner, did shot himself but it was in no way shape or form connected to the murder of Kim. As a matter of fact, his statement to the Sheriff was that he recognized Kim as someone that had been in the place a couple of times before but didn’t know her personally. Larry did shoot himself, but it was many years later, long after he had sold the place and he was found dead in his home, not The Live Oak Inn.The property changed hands and the owner at the time (John Martin) the BIM Team investigated the place twice was nice enough to allows the team to conduct the investigations whenever and forever how long the team needed. Unfortunately, John sold the property to a young couple that wanted to take a stab at the place which they opened but had to close not too long after due to construction of the main road. We have been told that the coupel sold the place to a mortuary company but we have yet to confirm that.Hope that helps,The BIM Team- See more at: http://www.strangeusa.com/PrinterFriendly.aspx?locationid=360#.dpuf

  4. I just about grew up in the Live Oak Inn. Robert Burrell and Dominick owned through my early childhood. Bob, as I knew Him, gave me piano lessons in the back of this restaurant for 10 years. Probably from 1960-1970 three times a week. He was an awesome concert pianist. My mom worked in there as a waitress for years too. I don’t remember any paranormal action. These were the neatest men, and I sure do love them..Time passes on..Thank you Bob and DOM for all the good times..

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