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Haunted Restaurants?

In a thread on the L.A. board there is mention of a supposedly "haunted" restaurant. It brings me back to a small restaurant where I worked in the early 90's.

Early one Sunday morning I was alone in the dining room. The chef was in the kitchen and the owner was in his office. I was enjoying a pre-shift cup of coffee when I heard the distinct sound of a woman in high heel shoes walking across the hardwood floor. I looked up expecting to see an early guest but no one else was there. The sound did not immediately stop. It went on for five or six more steps and then faded away. Very weird.

I later asked other employees if they had any experiences like that and several admitted that they did. I did some checking into the history of the place and found out that it was constructed in the early 1900's as a summer beach resort. There was no known history of violence. I figure that any building that old and in almost continuous use as a restaurant has had to pick up some impressions iver the yeard.

My question are as follows: Have you ever worked at a supposedly haunted restaurant? Or dined at one? Did you know it at the time? Or did you choose the go there because you heardi t was haunted? How was your experience? And how was the food? (Hey, this is Chowhound, after all!!)

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  1. The Willow Saloon and Steakhouse in Jamestown CA is suposed to be haunted... and there have been so many freak fires, sitings, etc that TV crews have spent time filming there. I think it was built (in the 1800's) over a mine shaft where a number of miners were trapped and died. I've never seen any oddities, but have talked to credible, sober adults who have experienced odd things there.

    It's a gorgeous old building, and food is terrific. It's one of our favorite restaurants in Tuolumne County. If you're ever in the area, ask to see their scrapbook related to the hauntings...it's pretty interesting!

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    1. re: kmr

      We visit our relatives in Sonora all the time so we're going to have to stop there for food sometime. Thanks!!

    2. I dined at a haunted restaurant fairly recently near my home, but had no idea going in. I visited the ladies' room in the basement, and as I reached the foot of the stairs to go back up, I heard the men's room door swing open and someone exit. I heard and felt medium-heavy footsteps as they followed closely behind, up the stairs. When I got to the top, I opened the door and turned to hold it open for the person behind me, but...I didn't see anyone there, of course. Pretty weird.

      I've been back a couple of times, but I haven't gone into the basement again, yet. Not scared or anything, I just hadn't had a need to--really! I haven't heard that anyone else has a ghost story about the place.

      Generally, the food there is not all that great. Our return visits have been mainly for the delicious margaritas.

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      1. re: gina

        the margaritas didn't have anything to do with hearing footsteps, of course...

        1. re: tuqueboy

          Oh yes, I forgot to mention they were mezcal margaritas, with extra worm. ;)

      2. Landmark No. 78 in Ventura, CA is supposedly haunted - a friend "saw" feet swinging in the air in an upstairs bathroom - before she knew the story. Wooo-eeee-oooo

        From their website: Legend has it that the Carlo Hahn House is the home of Rosa, a young daughter of one of the many Italian families that immigrated to Ventura County in the late nineteenth century.

        Bound by customs of the day, Rosa was forced into a loveless marriage to a man much older than she was. Unhappy and lonely, Rosa found solace in the company of a young Italian man. When her infidelity led to pregnancy; Rosa, acting in desperation, unfortunately hung herself.

        Although it isn't known for certain where Rosa hung herself, it seems quite certain that she made the Carlo Hahn House her final resting place. She has been seen on numerous occasions staring longingly out of the round window on the second floor. But most often, Rosa is seen on the staircase, walking mournfully in a long, elegant dress. Many also claim to feel her presence in what are now the banquet room and woman's restroom.

        Whether you cross paths with Rosa or not, we hope you enjoy your experience at the Landmark No. 78. Please feel free to share your comments and suggestions with us, the next time you come by.

        1. I worked at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto which had one ghost for sure and possibly several more. In what was the Cafe Victoria / Victoria Room there were several sightings of a tall man with dark hair dressed in period clothing circa 1920's, including a tall hat.

          I have not personally seen him but spending many late nights in the dining room, often alone, it often felt distinctly like I wasn't alone.

          The Crystal Ballroom on the top floor is an amazing place as well. It was closed, I believe, in the late 60's or early 70's. It looks like the guests left, the band put down their instruments and the staff just closed the doors and it has remained the same ever since.

          I actually found a picture of it on the net. There are several there.

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          1. re: Mila

            Is it just me, or is that image reminiscent of the ballroom in Kubrick's The Shining?

            1. re: chocolatetartguy

              no but it is used as the narrator's set on some cable show about personal ghost stories now (2010) in reruns.

          2. The Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas, supposedly has a number of ghosts, including in the dining room (although I don't think any of them are of LBJ or Lady Bird Johnson, who had their first date there). By the way, the Concrete Blonde song "Ghost Of A Texas Ladies' Man" refers to the singer's encounter with one of them during her stay, possibly even that of Col. Jesse Driskill, who built and named the hotel after himself in 1886; some guests say they have seen him smoking cigars and turning on lights in their rooms.

            1. Cafe Sbisa in New Orleans is supposedly haunted (along with most of the city is seems). When we were there, a door kept opening an closing, seemingly of its own volition. Later, like the Scooby Doo gang, we went out on the balcony to see what was up but didn't see anyone. We were told about the whole haunted thing afterwards. Pity, as the food sucked and it would have been nice to have something interesting to talk about!


              1. The Olde Angel Inn, Niagara On The Lake, Ontario. It's near Niagara Falls. The place dates back to the War of 1812 and is supposedly haunted by a ghost. Seems a rather timid soldier decided to hide in the basement. He was captured and killed and is said to haunt the place. I've never seen anything but the food is great. Nice place, great local beers and wines and British Pub Fare. Worth checking out if you're ever there. It's worth the drive from NF.



                1. I worked in a large steak house chain during my freshman year in college as the closing manager. I knew it was going to be a long evening when I walked in and the unit manager haggardly informed me that he'd been working grill all shift and he'd been unable to pull inventory and run the numbers. Being young and dumb, I simply shrugged my best WB animation lollypop.

                  I conned another employee, Jose, into getting paid OT. So... The two of us stayed late pulling cases, counting slabs, stacking cans, and weighing bulk items until well after midnight. At the end of our visual count, I took my hand-written sheaf of numbers to the office to quickly run them while Jose volunteered to autoperk another pot of Mexican Black.

                  I was just finishing off the first page when Jose came screaming (literally) around the corner and slammed the office door behind him panting and yammering some unprintable strings of Spanish. The poor guy was wild-eyed and it freaked me pretty bad to where I was just able to dial 911. Within minutes, the local police had arrived and were banging on the glass of the front door.

                  It was a physical challenge to pull Jose away from the floor in front of that office door but I managed.

                  During that time, Jose had calmed down enough to _finally_ stutter and stammer that he'd seen someone walk out of The Cage (our storage garage in the back) and into the bathroom right near our server's station.

                  I tattled like a 5-yo cranked on a speedball to the two officers who immediately shooed us out of the restaurant and into our parking lot where two more squad cars were pulling up-and-into slots. The two inside went through the whole place, each closet, stall, walk-in and finally The Cage. Jose was still shaking uncontrollably while the two outside officers pulled the full story out of him.

                  It seems Jose got curious wondering who this stranger was and went to go ask. As Jose entered the darkened hallway, this guy walked right out of the restroom door (without opening said door) and looked right at Jose standing there. Jose did the only thing he could think of and ran into my office. Since my good looks and 5’8”, 144 lb. body were such deterrents to violence, he figured I’d save him.

                  Officers Ruiz and Gonzalez stopped listening at “walked out of the door.” Officers Smith and Wesson radioed out the “all clear” signal and pretty soon Ruiz and Gonzalez were gone. Jose stuck around to jabber at me some more and Smith and Wesson helped us close up the restaurant as they did reports and I ran the rest of my numbers.

                  The next day, the unit manager read my log entry and called me before I'd made it out the door and off to school. He simply said, "I don't close this place for a reason. Don't stay that late again."

                  1. Kimmer, In Steilacoom, Washington was a restaurant called E.R. Rogers. (Now closed.) The ghost sightings there are well known locally. They include seeing figures in the large mirror behind the back bar and place settings that were often re-arranged. I had a friend that worked there for a brief time. When he and the manager closed one night, they set the alarms (both floor pad and motion sensors) turned out the lights and walked to their cars. When they looked back, all the lights were on and they could see figures moving in the upstairs bar. (No alarms were triggered.) My friend quit that night.

                    1. I was haunted for about 72 hours by some breakfast I had at a Waffle House in Richardson, TX not too long ago.

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                      1. re: MSPD

                        MSPD they don't call it the Awful Waffle for nothin'. ;-)

                      2. There are several haunted hotels in San Antonio,like the Crockett,Gunter and Menger.The Alamo Dinner Theatre in the King William district near downtown is haunted.It was once a church and is haunted by a lady and a little boy. There maybe
                        a couple of other ghosts.

                        1. Holly, I looked up the Menger on the web. Wow! That place merits a visit by any serious Chowhound that likes to commune with ghosts while dining out.

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                          1. re: Walters

                            Perhaps Jim needs to add a new board to the national boards.

                          2. The Hotel in The Shining was The Stanley in Estes Park Colorado. I have never stayed there but my daughter was a bridesmaid in a wedding there and stayed there. She did not report any strange experiences, but there are supposedly many who have.

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                            1. re: denverdoni

                              actually, the stanley hotel was just the inspiration for stephen king to write the shining. he got all freaked out being at the stanley that he had to write a book about it voila the shining was born. the hotel in the shining movie was the timberline lodge. http://www.timberlinelodge.com/ check it out, youll see. a lot of people think that its the stanley in the movie but its not. thank you have a nice day!

                              1. re: abursley

                                Actually, a huge soundstage was built in England to film The Shining. Only a few exterior shots of the Timberline lodge were used and you can tell which ones they are because the maze is missing from the scenes. So technically The Timberline isn't the hotel in the movie either.

                                There's a bit more to the story of how the novel was written, but that's another topic.

                                The Stanley in Estes Park is reported to be haunted & they offer ghost tours & I've heard they serve a wonderful weekend brunch. We're heading to Estes again in a few weeks & might have to try it.

                                1. re: jcattles

                                  yeah apparently Kubrick hated to travel so much most of his movies (including the one set in Vietnam) were filmed in or around London

                                  1. re: hill food

                                    Yes, he was rather the John Madden of cinema. OTOH, there are some great studios in the UK, so all was not lost.


                                  2. re: jcattles

                                    how's Hotel Stanley Kubrick sound for a mash-up?

                              2. The Keg Mansion (steakhouse) in Toronto is supposedly haunted, but I've always thought this was a just a marketing gimmick, especially because every time I eat there, the waiters always tell the same ghost stories. Must be taught to them when they start working there.


                                1. In Santa Cruz, Calif., there's the Brookdale lodge. I saw this place on TV the other night and I can't believe I've never checked it out. It's supposed to be haunted and it has a real stream running through the middle of the restaurant!

                                  1. The offices above Biba in Sacramento are supposedly haunted which is appropriate because her husband used to dress up as Dracula for halloween.

                                    1. I worked at a fine dining restaurant in midcoast Maine with upstairs & downstairs dining areas. The building, directly across fro the harbor, is over 200 years old.

                                      One evening as I went upstairs to the kitchen, one of the servers was standing there - wide-eyed & pale as a sheet. I just saw a fog-like fog form go into the kitchen she said. Another time the chef saw a swirling amorphous form of a young girl - dancing & twirling in front of the large bay window. One night I was on my way downstairs from the kitchen & I heard a male voice call my name - it sounded as though it was right in my ear. There was only one male server working that night so I called down asking what he wanted. He said he hadn't called me. I turned around to the hostess who was right behind me. I heard it too, she said...

                                      Things would frequently fall off shelves without anyone near.

                                      1. Back in the late 90's I worked in a nice little steak and wine place briefly (until someone realized that the kitchen girl at the staff wine tastings wasn't 18 yet - but that's another story). The Columbian House Inn, in Waterville, OH.

                                        The restaurant was in an old building - built in the 1800's, and had been variously an inn and home and a boarding house. The story went that when it was boarding house, the woman who kept it had had a boarder in one of the upstairs rooms (now a small private dining room for wine parties, rarely used) who had locked himself in his room and died of smallpox. This ruined the reputation of her boarding house, and she later hung herself. You could hear her walking in the house, and knocking on the doors sometimes. She'd walk up the staircase and then down the hallway upstairs - knock, knock, and then get to where the small dining room was and knockknockknockknock.

                                        Supposedly there was also another ghost, of a little boy who had died there when it was a private residence - but I never ran into him. The lady walking and knocking though was a pretty regular occurance - I heard her often in the mornings when I was doing prep. Once she put in an appearance (do you call a sound event an appearance??) during service and scared an old lady who was upstairs visiting the ladys room.

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                                        1. re: AnnaEA

                                          In Somerset, NJ, O'Connor's Restaurant occupies a farmhouse that dates from the late 18th Century. Reportedly, the staff has seen a vision of a woman on the second floor, and on the stairs leading to the second floor, many times over the years.

                                        2. Three places come to mind...have not worked there, but either stayed or ate there...The Menger hotel in San Antonio, The Hay-Adams hotel in DC, and Poogan's Porch restaurant in Charleston...All haunted establishments....

                                          1. worked at a bar where the bouncer emptied the owner''s s&w into a guy who wasn't there after closing, when all the doors were locked. the owner just sat there, didn't even look: said "did you get him?" ***ha! that's gonna be in the movie!*** the bullet holes were still in the front door frame the last time i was there. you could hear a baby crying upstairs in a nightclub i worked sometimes. the upstairs was a vacant warehouse, no record of anyone ever living there. the mgr searched many times trying to find where the noise was coming from. when the owner remodeled and knocked thru a wall he found some old baby things and a tin baby's rattle.

                                            1. Carluccio's Tivoli Gardens, located in the same Las Vegas strip mall as the Liberace Museum, is supposedly haunted by Liberace's ghost. He bought the restaurant several years before his death and kept it until he died.

                                              Believe it or not, the museum is well worth a visit, though I know nothing about the food at CTG.

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                                              1. re: bachslunch

                                                I want to go to a haunted restaurant!! Are there any around the L.A. and/or Inland Empire areas? Does anyone know?

                                                1. re: aurora50

                                                  The Queen Mary in Long Beach and the Coronado Hotel in San Diego come to mind.

                                                  1. re: Barbara76137

                                                    Really? The Coronado is haunted? I knew about the Queen Mary -

                                                  2. re: aurora50

                                                    The Cellar restaurant in Fullerton is supposedly haunted.

                                                2. John Stones Inn Ashland Ma I worked there for a few months.wether you belived the stories or not sooner or later every one who worked there heard someone walking up stairs or down the stairs or in the next room until you went to look for the person you heard there was no one. I belive it is called somthing close to that now it has been threw a few sales

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                                                  1. re: sterlingfoodie

                                                    I worked in a tea parlour in Clovis, CA that is haunted (or supposedly haunted depending on your point of view). The building is a 104 y/o Victorian two-story building, was three stories-the third burned down awhile ago. It was a home, hotel, and birthing/maternity ward during the years. Rumor has it that the ghosts of still born babies wander the second floor. Also, the ashes of one of the owners is buried underneath the building. I've stayed there late night and it is really creepy. The cooks and dishwashers said that the window blinds have moved up and down on there own, but I haven't seen anything.

                                                  2. I used to waitress at The Old Bryan Inn in Saratoga Springs, NY and there were so many stories about it being haunted. One night while on the second floor a soup bowl flew off the shelf. It just moved and fell to the shelf below with no apparent cause. that was about the only thing I had happen to me there. most of the bartenders and waitstaff that had worked there for a long period of time had encounters with the ghost while closing up for the night. Freaked me out a bit, but it was fun to work in a place that had such a great story. food is excellent and was incredibly consistent. owners were pros and owned another restaurant about 15 minutes away called the old homestead. not sure if they stil do, but I believe the own another restaurant in saratoga now. great restaurant. great town!

                                                    1. Although I didn't get there when I was down in the area, the Museum Club in Flagstaff Arizona (on the old Route 66) is another place reputed to be haunted. Some details here:


                                                      1. The famous haunted restaurant in the Twin Cities is Forepaugh's, near downtown St. Paul. Local newspapers sometimes have features with employees' stories of freaky goings-on.

                                                        From http://theshadowlands.net/places/minn...
                                                        "Forepaugh's Restaurant is located in an old Victorian mansion named after the mansions' original owner, Joseph Forepaugh. Mr. Forepaugh was into the dry good's business, so when his fortune was made, he bought this beautiful mansion. He also decided to hire himself some servants to accompany his new found wealth. Well, Mr. Forepaugh became rather fond of one of his servants in particular. Her name was Molly, and the two of them soon began to have a steamy love affair together. However, things got rather ugly after Mrs. Forepaugh caught the two together in the midst of their lovemaking. She insisted Mr. Forepaugh break off the affair, and so he did. This did not settle well with Molly, who was now pregnant with Mr. Forepaugh's child. She became so distraught over the situation that she went to the third floor, tied a noose around herself and a light fixture, then threw herself out of the window. Mr. Forepaugh was so devastated over her death that he went into a deep depression and eventually shot himself at the nearby railroad tracks. It is said that Mr. Forepaugh and Molly now haunt the mansion. People have claimed to see Molly near the area where she hanged herself. Mr. Forepaugh, on the other hand, has been seen by employees and customers in the dining room area. They say that a nice looking guy just walks through the dining room as if he owns the place."

                                                        1. Daniel Thiebaut (http://www.danielthiebaut.com/) in Kamuela, Hawaii (on the Big Island.) supposedly has a haunted lanai. I popped my head in but was not besieged by spirits. The restaurant is built in an old country store dating from around 1900 and is definitely a cool and vaguely spooky space, with lots of neat old junk to look at. The food however was pretty meh...an expensive attempt at haute cuisine/Asian fusion that didn't entirely come through. And lots of gloppy sauces on things that did not need them.

                                                          1. King's Tavern in Natchez, MS is haunted. It was built in the late 1700's, and the original owner had an affair with one of the serving girl's. The owner's wife found out about it and had the girl (Madeline) killed. This was always thought to be just a legend, but in the 1930's they were renovating the place and found not one, not two, but three bodies entombed in a chimney, along with a jeweled dagger thought to be the murder weapon...

                                                            Nobody is sure whose bodies they are, but one appears to have been a girl about Madeline's age who was killed at about the time Madeline's death supposedly occured. And the ghosts of all three continue to make frequent appearances- you can read more here:


                                                            1. In honor of Halloween, are there any new ones to add to the list ???

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                                                              1. re: Trufflebaby

                                                                I used to work at a restaurant/nightclub that was an old building, converted over and over and over the years... we had an intercom system from the upstairs rooms down to the bar.

                                                                At least once a week, the intercom would come on from the office or the liquor room and you'd only hear walking around and shuffling, but nobody was upstairs, as soon as you'd say "who's calling from up there?" the intercom would go off.

                                                                it's now a deli/restaurant...which cracks me up for some reason... seems the 'creepieness' fit the late night bar hours we used to keep more than the family oriented deli that the place is now

                                                                I've been to this place years ago but never experienced anything "Ghostly" there

                                                              2. Never been but there's the Catfish Plantation restaurant in Waxahachie, TX, about 30 min south of D/FW.

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                                                                1. re: blynk

                                                                  I'll be going by there on my way to and from Brenham this weekend. Maybe I should check it out.

                                                                  1. re: Barbara76137

                                                                    There's a coffee house in Waxahachi, on a corner across from the square downtown. A friend and I stopped in a few weeks ago. When she headed toward the restroom, the shop proprietor said "Look out for the ghosts". The restroom was through some doors and down a staircase as I remember my friend saying. I think, long years ago, it was a hotel.

                                                                2. I was having drinks at Casey Moore's in Tempe, Arizona
                                                                  a couple of years ago and the cocktail server said the place was haunted and she's had experiences upstairs with pens flying around the room and other ghostly things..it's an old house with the bar downstairs and upstairs the converted bedrooms are private dining rooms..
                                                                  We were walking around the upstairs which was closed for patrons and my husband sat down at a table and I was walking around asking the ghost to make its presence known and then all of a sudden a ghost walked right through me and took me off the ground about an inch..my DH saw this and stood up and he had the ghost walk through him and he leviatated as well..
                                                                  I've seen a lot of things in my life but never had a ghost walk through me and we hauled ass down those stairs so fast and we asked for shots of Jaegermeister...bartender laughed at us and knew what we had just experienced..
                                                                  I'll be back in Tempe in a couple of weeks and can't wait to go and have drinks at Casey Moore's with my ghost buddy!

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                                                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                    Now, if you have not stayed at The Myrtles in St. Francisville, LA, you MUST. Just having some cheese, crackers and wine on the veranda can be worthwhile. Make sure that you go when someone in your party is having a birthday. You will find out why later on.


                                                                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                      I stayed there a few years ago. We ate a late lunch that was enjoyable. Can't remember what I had but what I DO remember is one of the other guests was getting married the next weekend and we all shared a few bottles of different kinds of hard alcohol in the courtyard. I saw more the the ghost of Chloe that evening

                                                                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                        Bill - I'm dying (figuratively speaking) to know what one would "find out" when having a birthday with cheese and crackers at The Myrtles! Please tell, as I'm not likely to go there, ever. The first and last time I was in NOLA, I had to leave after 3 days because I could no longer zip up my jeans (the food was so good). TIA!

                                                                    2. Forgot to add that the Jerome Grand Hotel in Jerome, AZ...an old mining town about 30 minutes from Sedona has a fab restaurant called Asylum that has many a ghosts in and around the place since its built in an old hospital, you can feel them all around.

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                                                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                        We were going to stay there, and dine there, but M-I-L fell in Prescott, and we had to get her to Yavapai Hospital and then back down to a lower elevation. Bogus, and we hope to reschedule someday.

                                                                        Bisbee, AZ also has some "haunted" restaurants and inns, as does our old "home town," New Orleans.


                                                                        1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                          We ate at the Asylum a couple years ago and yes the place does feel creepy. I went to the ladies room and it was painted 1950 mental hospital lime green and I swear there was definitely a "presence" in there. In fact the whole town of Jerome has a creepy feel.

                                                                          1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                            I've been hearing about the hospital in Jerome for most of my life. I can't believe I haven't been there yet.

                                                                            1. re: EWSflash

                                                                              You can feel the vibe in the parking lot, its so strong..
                                                                              Great restaurant Asylum but walking the hallways and the elevator...intense!

                                                                              1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                We were booked, and anticipating, and then M-I-L took a tumble in Sedona, and all plans changed drastically. Never have made it back, but hope to do so.


                                                                            2. Dallas, TX
                                                                              The original Snuffer's location on Greenville Ave. Just ask anyone who's ever worked there, except Pat Snuffer, who refuses to talk about it.

                                                                              1. I had a great dinner at Beardslee Castle in Little Falls NY (off I-90 between the Fort Plain and Canajoharie exits). Tasty, innovative cuisine, reasonable prices, and really unique surroundings. They've been on Ghosthunters. There are stories about their ghosts on their website: http://www.beardsleecastle.com/

                                                                                1. During the month of October, the Travel Channel usually has several "haunted restaurants and inns" episodes. Lot of fodder.

                                                                                  We've done many in the US and the UK, and have yet to encounter anything really out of the ordinary, if you consider creaks and groans from old buildings.

                                                                                  Now, considering that this is a "zombie thread" from 2006, maybe there IS something to haunted dining?


                                                                                  1. in STL there's always the Lemp Family Mansion, haven't eaten there since a child. Meteoric history in that family of fabulous wealth, mental illness and multiple suicides. My uncle used to tease me we were sitting under the room where both the father and later the son shot themselves - quite possible (and this part he made up - the very beam over our table was used by someone to hang themselves....)

                                                                                    for an 11 yr old that was pretty cool. but I can't reliably report back on the food at this late date.

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                                                                                    1. re: hill food

                                                                                      Uncles are prone to such. My nephews and nieces can tell you stories, about the "stories," that I shared with them. However, after the first camping trip in the Colorado High Country, and haunted settings, I learned a lesson - all of them ended up scared to death in MY tent. My wife instructed me to NOT tell such stories around the campfire, and I listened. Still, there were "other" stories. That is what uncles are for.


                                                                                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                        that is the sort to which I aspire, I little scary, but not really dangerous and in the end one to be trusted (well maybe not with facts)

                                                                                        1. re: hill food

                                                                                          The Carousel Gardens in Seymour CT is supposedly haunted. Its received alot of press over the years. The place is under a total remodel now so it will be interesting to see if the "hauntings" resume.

                                                                                          1. re: jesoda

                                                                                            Depends on how much in the budget is earmarked for poltergeists, laser projection systems, and sophisticated electronics.

                                                                                            1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                              You think that haunted restaurants are masterminded by a techno guy manning the sound board?
                                                                                              Walk on over to the Whaling House in Old Town today...funded by the State of CA as an official Haunted House
                                                                                              oh I forgot, it's the techno guys day off.. ; )

                                                                                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                Yes, after one has done some of the Disney/Universal (and similar) attractions, who knows what reality is? I recall experiencing "Terminator 3D," and marveling, though I am sort of in "the business." Just flat well-done and disbelief was dutifully suspended.


                                                                                              2. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                Yes, that can certainly be part of it too. Some locations (inns and restaurants) do tread on that aspect of their history.

                                                                                                We've done a few, and I have always wondered how much was "surreal" and which were the other way around.

                                                                                                In one, we did hear things that go bump in the night. We did smell pipe smoke, where none should have been, but other than my wife's "impressions," there was not that much. I managed to take photographs of Mert, the ghost cat, that cannot be photographed, but did have two frames that I cannot fully explain. All the rest of the shots were as I had seen, and the two "odd" ones might well have been something like condensation in the internals of the lens. As that was not an SLR, there was no indication, until the film was processed.

                                                                                                Still, given all the Travel Channel and History Channel episodes on that place, I can see how the "haunted" aspect would draw folk. We booked for the inn, but then found out more of the history. Most of what we encountered could easily have been reproduced with a subwoofer and a fabricated audio source, plus a few wires pulling on things.


                                                                                                PS - I, and the wife in the other couple, were enjoying ourselves, but our respective spouses were not. They were each there on their birthdays, and that figures into the "tale." My wife says that she'd never go back, especially on her birthday!

                                                                                              3. re: jesoda

                                                                                                I think the Carousel Gardens has been closed for some time.

                                                                                                I ate there a few times long ago - not looking for any ghosts, just food the whole family could agree on - with nothing happening. But a couple of co-workers whom I trust say they had a strange experience there.

                                                                                        2. i like this "zombie thread." just in time for halloween, the local paper had an article on haunted sites nearby. forepaugh's restaurant in st. paul is apparently haunted by the spirit of the former owner, as well as his hapless mistress, molly the maid, who hanged herself on the third floor.

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                                                                                          1. re: soupkitten

                                                                                            Sounds almost like a few locations (not all restaurants) in New Orleans. Now, when we dine at the haunted restaurants, I do not tell my wife. She does not find such to be fun. In all the years, there have been few instances, that I could not explain, and those were quite minor.

                                                                                            Now, the glowing lights at my grandfather's plantation... that's another story.


                                                                                            1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                              spill, tis the season after all and to keep it on topic, relate something favorite eaten there.

                                                                                              1. re: hill food

                                                                                                Antoine's is said to have a ghost, or two, depending on whose story you hear. Though not a spinach fan, the Oysters Rockafeller are quite good.

                                                                                                Galatoire's is said to have strange events, but upstairs only. As we almost always dine upstairs, to do reservations, I have to admit that I have never encountered anything, other than other diners, who are just too loud - maybe they chased any spirits aways, though it could well have been that they had indulged in too many "spirits" to begin with. For me, most of the menu is very good.

                                                                                                Lafite's is also said to be haunted, but I cannot recall ever even having a drink there, so cannot comment.

                                                                                                The building that houses The Old Absinthe house is reportedly haunted. Again, other than business cards from long ago, I know little.

                                                                                                Maison de Ville (think the Bistro) has some ghost stories. Been so long ago, and many chefs, since I last dined there. Now, their Audubon Cottages are also said to be haunted, but we encountered nothing, and there is no food, unless one brings it into the patios.

                                                                                                That's all that come to mind, but I will watch Travel Channel and also the History Channel tonight, in case they add some locations.

                                                                                                For me, I have yet to encounter anything out of the ordinary, anywhere, but maybe the spirits do not like wine?


                                                                                                1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                  I was curious about your Grandfather's place. everyone knows NOLA is lousy with ghosts.

                                                                                                  1. re: hill food

                                                                                                    Oh sorry.

                                                                                                    It was Boradacres in Ferriday, Louisiana, on Lake St. John. The yard was about 4 acres, and the planted area was about 50 acres, across the highway. While it does not relate to a restaurant, we WERE dining at the time. We were all at the table (think Stella!, but on a smaller scale), and with windows to the SW. Suddenly, a bright white light appeared about 20 yards outside the windows, at what I would estimate was about 12 - 15 in the air. It looked like a flare, but was white, and we could see no material falling form it. It held motionless for a few moments, and no smoke could be detected around it, but it was dark and little backlight was extant. It did not appear to be handheld, as it was so very stationary and constant. We all watched, as the light rose to about 30' into the air, and then flew out of sight in a rather upward, but straight line away to the SW. During that sighting, there were a lot of "do you see that?" comments. Everyone was accounted for at the dinner table. The family rose, and all ran outside, though there was nothing to be seen by that time.

                                                                                                    A prank? Some phenomenon, that we had no explanation for? I do not know. I have played over our observations for many years, and have no idea what we saw.

                                                                                                    There were oil well flares, but they were all to the NE of the dining room, and rather far away, out in the lake. For us, it was a UFO, but that was because it WAS unidentified, and seemed to fly. Man made? Who knows? Mass hysteria? Could be, though we mostly watched, with a few "look at that" comments. No one, by my recollection, commented on any details.

                                                                                                    At this late date, there will never be an answer to the many questions that I have. I know what I saw, but do not know WHAT I saw.

                                                                                                    Though in the Deep South, and in agricultural land, there were no Civil War battles, or similar, that I can recall. The plantation did have slaves, but many, many years before, and no records could be found of any issues.

                                                                                                    Only questions.


                                                                                                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                      cool, thanks, probably swamp gas or something, but then sometimes you don't really want a hard and fast answer.

                                                                                            2. I think I shared a ghost with the Country House restaurant (scroll to the bottom of this page: http://countryhouserestaurant.com/abo...) when I rented the top floor apt. in an old house next door. I didn't realize it was the same haunted apt. that my friends had described living in years before until I'd been there and had similar experiences. Stuff disappearing, then returning, waking suddenly, feeling a presence...

                                                                                              1. Thought I'd bump this since Halloween is right around the corner..
                                                                                                Had many experiences with ghosts all my life but only a few dining encounters.
                                                                                                Former Chart House wine cellar was well known haunt in La Jolla..
                                                                                                Had ghostly encounters on the Queen Mary and Hotel Del Coronado..

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                                                                                                1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                  Well, the Del is said to have its resident ghost (room 308?), and then a few.

                                                                                                  I have heard reports on the QM, but cannot recall if it was on Travel Channel, or elsewhere.

                                                                                                  So long as the ghosts do not eat too much of my food, or drink too much of my wine, they are always welcome at my table... [Wink]


                                                                                                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                    Hi Bill..
                                                                                                    The Del has pockets of ghost activity and room 308 isn't the only one that is haunted..it's the most famous..

                                                                                                    In Tempe, had one of my most freaky deaky experiences at 9th and Ash..popular bar and restaurant across from Gammage at ASU.
                                                                                                    We'll be at the cabin in the Pinetop area for Thanksgiving and I want to stop in for some oysters and a pint before heading back to SD..maybe the ghost will remember us!

                                                                                                    Avebury at the Red Lion Pub, near Stonehenge..head out to the countryside while your in London next week..

                                                                                                    1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                      Actually, I am the family member, who seeks out such (wife is NOT into it), and I have never even had a "feeling," even at They Myrtles, or the Del. However, at The Myrtles, wife has stories... mostly in her mind, but those do count.

                                                                                                      Being from the NOLA Area, I have dined at several noted "haunted restaurants," but other than commenting on the food, or the service, have no neat stories to add - unfortunately.

                                                                                                      We were just in London, and hoped to get some "Halloween vibes," but they did not happen. Maybe next year?

                                                                                                      Maybe the ghosties just do not like me?

                                                                                                      But hey, I did get photographs of Merk, the ghost cat at The Myrtles, and they said that could not be done. OTOH, I did get three images, that were a bit odd, considering the situations. Being a professional photographer, I have experienced many "odd" images, but could not define what happened in those. Still, the "normal" places yielded nothing of note, and I definitely tried. Now, maybe if I handed over the cameras to my wife, things would have been different?

                                                                                                      As we are home for Halloween, I guess that it'll be all about the Bulldogs greeting the neighborhood kids, but I always hold out hope...


                                                                                                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                        Hunt, the really good ghosts in London, besides those at the Tower, are in, of all places, hospitals. And I trust you had no occasion to visit any of those.

                                                                                                        1. re: lemons


                                                                                                          Actually, as my wife runs a bunch in the US, she did have meetings at a couple - King's Cross, and Great Ormand, IIRC. However, she did not have lunch, or dinner at either.


                                                                                                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                            Interesting, and small world department. St. Thomas', Flo Nightingale's old digs, has at least one, and I think more. One of my former med students doing a locum w/ us talked about one, but can't recall the spot. Not far from Gr Ormand, as I remember. But moving way OT.

                                                                                                            1. re: lemons

                                                                                                              I'll do some research, as we have some nursing contacts in the UK, plus a bunch of Drs. there too. I'll also do my best to bring restaurants and food into the mix, but agree that things are getting beyond this board, and that is definitely my fault. Still, it IS the "season," so maybe the MOD's will be lenient with me?

                                                                                                              As for "haunted restaurants," I have been searching for some locations in Denver, that I just cannot put the details to. When we lived there, it seems that there were about 3, that had stories behind them, plus a few more, in the High Country. My memory is just not what it once was, and my Google skills need some work too. Maybe by Halloween?


                                                                                                2. It's hard to wander through my county town without coming across yet another building with ghosties and ghoulies. I have no fear of being trapped by the ghosties.


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                                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                                    What a lovely haunted town..
                                                                                                    Had a couple of pints at the Red Lion Pub in Avebury...talk about haunted.

                                                                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                                                                      We need to get to Chester, and that is all there is to it!

                                                                                                      As we usually are in London, right before, or during the Halloween time, I have always wanted to do the Haunted London tour, but by then, we have always been flat out of time, so in all those years, we have yet to do it.

                                                                                                      Maybe for our next Autumn trip, we can just include Chester, and be done with it.



                                                                                                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                        Chester's a nice place to visit (about 40 minutes drive from home). Interesting cathedral, lots of Roman stuff, including the walls that surround the city centre. One of the top cheese shops in the country. And some very fine Michelin starred food at the Grosvenor Hotel (http://www.chestergrosvenor.com/simon... )

                                                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                                                          We ran completely out of time on this trip - the late October/Halloween excursion, but hope to do Chester in April. Thanks.

                                                                                                          If you get a moment, can you look over a Wine Board post, and offer your respected insight? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/814804

                                                                                                          That would be greatly appreciated. As a "daft Yank," I am always eager to learn, and maybe I just missed something critical?



                                                                                                    2. My sisters and I took my Mom to Niagara Falls one year for mother's day and we stayed at Niagara on the Lake... the Angel Inn was supposedly haunted, but we didn't feel any 'presence' while we were there, only good times and good food!

                                                                                                      1. I visited a friend in Rockledge, Florida a few years back. She was wallowing in alcoholism at the time, and was too paranoid to drive I-95 from Rockledge to the Orlando airport, so I was on my own to find a damn shuttle from the airport to Rockledge. after several hours I found the Cocoa Beach Shuttle and got a ride after dark- I'd arrived at around three.. The young driver knew every square inch of central Florida, and we went through a really bizarre couple of dropoffs, including the old crazy geezer that was going to visit hes ex wife and her husband and some other people (I know this because he rambled nonstop), and the driver is flying around in these kudzu forests and actually got the guy where he wanted to go- then as he was taking me to drop me off at Ashley's, he told me it was haunted. So there I was, on the highway, baggage beside me, at a haunted restaurant waiting for Kate to pick me up for at least a half hour, when she only lived about ten minutes away. I did get skeeved out because of course i had to look in the windows, and check out this rock-walled restaurant. I thought I felt some presence, but who knows? I asked Kate if she knew that Ashley's was haunted, and she said she knew. Jeez.

                                                                                                        1. Hey, I can't remember, has anyone talked about Mission Inn, Riverside, CA.?
                                                                                                          Don't know if they have ghosts or not, but the Riverside Ballet is conducting Ghost Walks that include the Mission Inn, the next couple of weekends.
                                                                                                          The pricier package includes a tour of their underground catacombs, which I hear is pretty spooky.
                                                                                                          And if you go, you should tour the rest of the place, and at least have a drink in the courtyard -
                                                                                                          Talk about atmosphere!

                                                                                                          1. re the New Orleans haints: Don't forget the Bourbon Orleans, which has the old quadroon ballroom. Several in-house spirits allegedly reside.

                                                                                                            1. There's an article in today's L.A. Times about the famed Barney's Beanery in WeHo. It is usually resurrected around Halloween each year. All the incidents are supposedly well documented.