Thursday, July 2, 2009

Ghosts At Willy's Smokehouse

The good news is that the Willy's Smokehouse kitchen is absolutely free of ectoplasmic goo. Which is phenomenal, since — as anyone who's seen "Ghostbusters" knows — getting "slimed" is one of the foremost hazards of paranormal investigation (that, and having a major metropolis terrorized by a giant, marshmallowy mascot).
And the bad news? Well, there really isn't any. If there are ghosts at the Cannery Row barbecue joint, they seem content carrying out harmless — albeit mysterious — doings.

That's the verdict of NorCal Paranormal Investigators, a San Francisco Bay Area outfit that recently made a sweep of the Monterey restaurant. Executive Chef Abe Vickery, who was contacted by NorCal, allowed the investigation after dinner one night, following reports of unexplained events throughout the building.

"Monterey is one of the most haunted cities in the world," NorCal co-founder Doug Carnahan said after the investigation. "Per capita, it has the most spirits in this part of the West Coast."

While Vickery hasn't personally seen anything other-worldly going on at his restaurant, he has heard stories from a staff member who claimed he was checking out a noise during an electrical blackout and found a hand mixer whirring away on its own — without electricity. The same person says his wrist was once grabbed at Willy's by an invisible, cold hand, which sent him fleeing from the room.

Read the full story here.

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