New Orleans November 09, 2018
5 Historic Restaurants In New Orleans That Are Also Incredibly Haunted
Any city as old as New Orleans just tends to come with a few spirits lurking around. There are a few restaurants around the city that have had many unexplained occurrences throughout the years, and they believe that their building is haunted by spirits from the past. Are you a believer? Well, then you might just have a supernatural encounter at one of these historic restaurants.
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Tucked away in the heart of the French Quarter, Arnaud’s is celebrating a century of serving up some amazingly delicious food. They may be known for their jazz brunch and their award-winning French 75 bar, but they also seem to have a few lingering spirits that just can’t stay away. Over the years, several staff members have reported seeing a gentleman dressed in a turn-of-the-century tuxedo standing in the corner of the main dining room, observing the space. Many believe that it’s Count Arnaud himself, checking in on things.
813 Rue Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70112.
A New Orleans tradition since 1946, many generations of New Orleanians have fond memories of dining at Brennan’s. One room, in particular, is said to be a paranormal hotspot for activity. Many staff members and guests have reported seeing the figure of a man dressed in 18th-century clothing in the Red Room. The kitchen staff also have reported mysterious pots and pans banging, the feeling of being watched, and even touched. The wine cellar is where it gets truly interesting. Believed to be haunted by Herman Funk, a former employee, staff members always get uneasy when they have to make their way down to the cellar. Every time an employee clinks a bottle of wine, there will be a mimicking clink of another bottle, just out of reach. The staff believes this is Herman’s way of making his suggestion for the wine, and many staff go with his suggestion to make him happy.
417 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130.
3. Court of Two Sisters
Nestled in a historic building in the French Quarter that was built in 1832, Court of Two Sisters has a fascinating history that’s seen everything from duels to voodoo curses over the years. The restaurant got its name from the previous owners, two sisters named Emma and Bertha Camors, and it’s their spirits that have often been seen throughout the restaurant, both inside the building and strolling through the courtyard. It’s also believed that their gates were blessed by Queen Isabella so that anyone who touched them would also be charmed.
613 Royal St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.
This Jackson Square landmark not only believes that they have a ghost or two in the building, but they set a table for it every evening. Many paranormal investigators have come to investigate this historic building, and they’ve encountered unexplainable shadows, disembodied voices, and distinct knocks on walls. One of the spirits is believed to be Mr. Jourdan, who originally owned the home before losing it in a poker bet. While he doesn’t show himself in a human form, he is often seen as a ball of light wandering through the lounge.
801 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116.
5. Pat O’Brien’s
Home of the famous Hurricane, Pat O’Brien’s has been a local watering hole since 1933. From the Piano Bar to the courtyard, there have been many ghostly sightings at this historic restaurant and bar over the years. Many staff members have had unexplained experiences including doors opening and closing, seeing mysterious shadows, and hearing footsteps when no one else is around. The famous piano is also known to begin playing on its own, perhaps a former employee who just won’t quit?
718 St Peter St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Have you ever had a paranormal experience? Let us know in the comments below!