About Rockwell: Table & Stage
Rockwell: Table & Stage is an intimate venue with shared tables and close seating quarters, and tries to accommodate as many patrons as possible. Be prepared to make new friends.
Rockwell is a true classic, and has held quality as their highest priority since they were first established. The venue opened in the early 1940s under the name Sarno’s Bakery. Amidst the serious tone WWII had set for the nation, Sarno’s Bakery stood as a small reminder of life’s pleasantries.
Since the beginning, the restaurant has been run by dreamers. People who had the ability to see what could be, and the ambition to actualize that potential. Soon after the bakery opened, an Italian restaurant was added. Sarno’s attention to detail and quality helped the restaurant earn a reputation as the best Italian bakery in the city.
In line with their innovative nature, Sarno’s was the first restaurant in Los Angeles to import a true Italian espresso machine in 1946. Perhaps it was espresso’s tantalizing caffeinated charm, but Sarno’s created a strong bond with the people of Los Feliz and East Hollywood. The restaurant became a staple in their community. Seeing the ability to become something even greater, Sarno’s added a stage to the restaurant. Sarno’s "caffe del’ Opera” housed nightly performances by professional singers, amateur crooners, and Hollywood stars alike. Fine Italian Chianti flowed freely, and the dawn of a new modern-day cabaret beckoned the community to come join the party.