While visiting downtown Houston, we came across many different restaurants, one of my favorites among them is also one of the most haunted places in Houston, the now closed Spaghetti Warehouse.
It was not always the Spaghetti Warehouse.
The building was originally the Desel-Boettcher warehouse, built in the early 1900s, the building that now houses the Spaghetti Factory once housed fur pelts, it was also a produce warehouse and pharmaceuticals warehouse at one point. and was bought by the Spaghetti Warehouse in 1974. It was furnished with antiques amounting to millions of dollars; a full-size Houston Avenue trolley car; a chandelier from New York’s Penn Station and a grandfather clock from one of England’s many castles. It has two floors of dining and is the second largest and second busiest restaurant in the chain after the one in Columbus, Ohio.
The ghosts that are believed to haunt the second floor of the restaurant today both suffered horrible fates. One of the most popular ghost tales of the Spaghetti Warehouse centers around a young pharmacist who was very dedicated to his job. One night he was very busy and had a pile of paperwork on his desk. He grabbed a stack of papers and headed back to the elevator. He was a bit careless and stepped into the dark without looking and he fell to his death when he stepped into the open elevator shaft instead of the elevator. When he did not return home from work, his wife began to worry. She went to the warehouse in a hurry to find her husband only to see a group of people standing around the building and talking about the tragedy which had just taken place. Inside the warehouse, the wife found the remains of her husband crumpled at the bottom of the elevator shaft. She was so traumatized by his sudden death that she also died a year later. It is said that their grief-stricken souls haunt the area of the vast restaurant. She is said to rearrange furniture, leave the dishes and silverware in disarray, tap guests on their shoulders and pull their hair. Diners have also reported seeing objects floating and unexplained cool and clammy breezes. Restaurant employees have their own fair share of ghost stories and most of them are too afraid to venture upstairs. One waitress said she saw a floating wicker basket near the wooden staircase and she watched as it was gently set back down to the ground. She also reported hearing her name being called from an empty room. Another waitress was attending to guests when a bottle of wine was lifted from the table, floated through the air and landed upright.
Sadly, this historic building is in the process of being dismantled, as you can see from our photos much has already been stripped. We do not know what the fate of this haunted building will be, we were unable to determine whether it is to be restored or destroyed. Their website lists it a temporarily closed and have the following information
Although our location suffered severe damage from Hurricane Harvey, we are fully committed to the Houston community and plan to welcome guests back to our current location or another location in the Houston area as soon as possible. We are so grateful for your support during this time and look forward to continuing serving the community we have served for over 40 years. Please check their Facebook page for further updates. http://www.meatballs.com/locations/houston-tx/
Haunted Rooms, for some of the history and legends.