Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Top Five haunted restaurants

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 3:00 PM

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The Muehlebach's Le Bistro is gone...but the ghost never left
​Last week's Pitch review of the new Jack Gage American Tavern revealed a secret: the building is haunted. Several employees say there's a ghostly presence in the building, but no one knows who the poltergeist might be or when it might have settled into the 82-year-old building -- which has been a dry cleaners, a pasta joint, a gay bar, a jazz club and a Chinese buffet.

But Jack Gage American Tavern has nothing on the restaurant in this week's Cafe review. The building at 931 Broadway that's home to the Majestic Restaurant was opened in the early 1900s as Fitzpatrick's Saloon, with a busy brothel on the second floor. There's something about former whorehouses attracting ghosts: The stone mansion at 3607 Pennsylvania, currently the home of The Writers Place, was a cathouse in the 1950s and '60s and reportedly has several resident ghosts, including one who reeks of cheap perfume. Some ghosts, you see, make their presence known by their signature aroma, like the ghost who haunts the bar at the new Succotash.

If you're not afraid of spirits, go ahead and make a reservation at one of these five restaurants:


5. The Savoy Grill:

One of the more famous haunted venues in town, the hotel opened in 1888

and the downstairs restaurant, the oldest dining room in Kansas City,

began serving steak and lobster fifteen years later. The best-known

ghost in the hotel is Betsy Ward, who reportedly still occupies Room 505

after dying in her bathtub more than a century ago. But former Savoy

Grill servers insist the dining rooms are notorious for strange sounds

after hours. Room service, anyone?

4. The Hotel Muehlebach: Once Kansas City's finest hotel, the

Muehlebach has had its ups and downs over the last few decades and is

no longer home to famous dining rooms -- Cafe Picardy, Cafe Trianon --

or the Le Bistro cocktail lounge, which promised "The gaiety of

Paris..." according to a 1960s postcard. There is still a restaurant in

the hotel, the forlorn Pam Pam Room (which should not be confused by

the excellent coffee shop of the same name at the old Alameda Plaza

Hotel) and there has been at least one ghost sighting there. So you might say that the hotel's best-known resident ghost, The Blue Lady, not only outlasted the hotel's upscale restaurants -- she may be wandering the halls and lobby, still looking for them.

3. Jack Gage American Tavern: There's a poltergeist residing there, but it hasn't ordered the chicken and waffles yet.

2. Succotash:

The new location of this popular bruncheonette, 2601 Holmes, was the

former Dutch Hill Bar & Grill for many decades. One of the regulars

was a man named Radar who smoked cigarellos. Owner Beth Barden says her

staff can smell those distinctive little cigars every so often, proving

that Radar is still around -- and possibly running up a tab.

1. The Majestic Restaurant:

According to the restaurant's new operator Fred Sebree, Jr. (his family

renovated the century-old building more than two decades ago) the

former Fitzpatrick's Saloon has no less than sixteen ghosts.

As to who has actually counted them or can tell one poltergeist from

another, that's another mystery completely. But that's Sebree's story

and he's sticking to it.

 

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