Stella McAllister's "Tavern" was more of an Inn than just a restaurant. She moved to Topanga with her husband in 1905. After he died, some what soon after their arrival, she opened the Tavern. Her cooking was well known and a stop on many people's visit to Topanga. She was known to have a feisty temper and stern discipline. She expected her guests to help with kitchen chores such as chopping wood, cleaning dishes and hauling water up from the creek. She also rented tent-cabins behind the main house and rooms in her house. It was quite rustic though and not to the taste of all comers. If she didn't like someone or their response, she asked them to leave and not to return. Photographer: H. F. Rile. Around 1915. Black and white photographic postcard. 3.5 x 5.5 in.