October really brings out the spooktacular spirit in everyone, don’t you think? This festive month brings out the ghost tales, and restaurants are known to always make the “most haunted” list. While the list could go on and on, here are the top five haunted restaurants in America. Visit if you dare!
Captain Tony’s Saloon
Key West, Florida
Captain Tony’s has been a hot spot for legends such as Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Shel Silverstein and Jimmy Buffet, but it’s probably most known for being haunted. The building that houses Captain Tony’s was built in 1851, originally serving as an icehouse and a morgue. Not only that, but Captain Tony’s is also the home of Key West’s ‘Hanging Tree’. This tree was used to hang 17 people until death. One of the victims was known as the ‘lady in blue’ who still haunts the saloon to this day.
Charleston, South Carolina
Legend has it that Zoe St. Amand, a schoolteacher, died in the restaurant’s building in the 1950s. Zoe is apparently an active ghost, as she has been known to rotate place settings around the tables, forging food orders, hurling bar stools at the staff and bursting open doors when she’s upset.
New Orleans, Louisiana
With a city that has a long log of history like New Orleans has, it’s not hard to find a restaurant where it’s inhabitants are from the past. Muriel’s invites any and all spirits to their establishment (they even have a seance room!), where the signature ghost is Antoine Lepardi Jordan. Antoine committed suicide after losing the building in a poker match, but is still honored with a table set for bread and wine every night at the restaurant.
One if by Land, Two if by Sea
New York, New York
Any Hamilton fans out there? You’ll want to check out this haunted NYC spot! The restaurant’s building was actually the carriage house of Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton’s murderer. Legend has it that Burr and his daughter Theodosia still haunt the place and routinely knock things over, creep down the stairs and pester the patrons. Apparently there are more ghosts to haunt One if by Land, Two if by Sea, so you might want to visit to find out who is still ‘active’!
In the 1800s, a British doctor by the name of James Stokes immigrated to Monterey wanting to set up an apothecary in the building that Restaurant 1833 is now located. James Stokes was a well-liked person and had a growing family, until two years later when one important patient died under his care. Soon after, the community realized that a large percentage of their population died under Stokes’ care. It became known that Stokes didn’t have a medical license or any experience treating illnesses. Needless to say, his ghost still haunts the building and trashes the restaurant during the night.
October is the perfect time to dine amongst things that go bump in the night. Visit any of these restaurants for a chance to dine and get a little history lesson in the restaurant’s past.