NORMAN — Lights that flicker and french fries that fly from freezers. Sounds like just another ghost story except this is more than the Halloween haunting.
Kendall’s restaurant in Noble buzzes with people and smells hauntingly of its homemade cinnamon rolls. Wait staff whizzes around carrying food to tables. A dinner roll falls from a plate, “Margaret must be mad,” jokes a staff member.
Four spirits reside at Kendall’s current location, a building of more than 100 years old. There’s Margaret, Theodore, Henry and an unidentified person.
“There has always been stories and people talking,” said Kim Locke, owner of Kendall’s. “This time though, a lady came into the restaurant to eat and said that she was a medium. She thought the restaurant was haunted.”
After researching Oklahoma Paranormal Research and Investigations group, Locke said she found them to be reputable and agreed to let them investigate Kendall’s.
OKPRI Director and Founder Christy Clark said she heard about Kendall’s from a friend.
“Our goal is to reach out and help those people who experience hauntings,” Clark said. “We go in and research the property, the land and anything that might explain why this place is experiencing a haunting.”
OKPRI, a nationally known paranormal team, plan to investigate Kendall’s again because the restaurant displayed an abundance of activity. Clark said there was so much activity in the back of the restaurant, the team had to turn off the motion sensors.
“The motion sensor that activated was facing the wall that way no one walking by would set it off,” Clark said. “It activated a couple of times. When things happen that may be paranormal, we try to go back and recreate the situation to see if one of us set it off. The thing that was funny: No one was in the room when it happened.”