By Jocelyn Pedersen
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Children talk to invisible friends and wait staff feel a ghostly touch while rolling silverware, not to mention a serving tray flying from the hands of a server preparing to serve a meal.
These stories are just a few told at Kendall’s Restaurant in Noble where the Oklahoma Paranormal Research and Investigations group will once again investigate this weekend, followed by a public ghost hunting event July 27.
Apparently, there are four ghosts haunting Kendall’s Restaurant, located in a building that’s more than 100 years old at 100 S. Main St. in Noble. Margaret and Henry are remembered with paper ghost cutouts hanging on the walls, but Theodore and the fourth, unidentified spirit are far from forgotten.
Kim Locke, owner, said the alarms at the restaurant will go off in the middle of the night for no reason, and the former alley that has been closed in creeps some staff out, making them fearful to go back to the part of the restaurant, where some odd things have happened.
“The wait staff are afraid to go back there,” Locke said. “Where they roll silverware, when they’re sitting doing in their side work, the silverware will move or a door will fly open. It’s hard to say what happens when we’re busy because we’re busy. But the other night, one girl, a server, was about to set her tray down and it flew up, like someone hit the tray from underneath.”
Locke said the girl said, ‘I did not do that.’”
With all the paranormal activity, Locke said she researched, then asked the OKPRI group to come investigate. They found evidence of paranormal activity last year and are returning today to conduct more research before having the public ghost hunt the following weekend, which is already sold out.
Christy Clark, founder and director of OKPRI, said at public events, she and her group bring highly sensitive equipment to help detect paranormal activity. Equipment includes audio and visual monitoring equipment. They begin by educating the public about the history of the building and any information they might have to explain why the site might be haunted. After the educational segment, the lights go down and the watch for paranormal activity begins.
Although tickets for the public event are already sold out, Clark invites interested individuals to visit OKPRI’s okpri.com/index2.html to see a list of other upcoming events. Kendall’s will have another public event in October. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward gas and equipment for the OKPRI group, who never charge for investigations.
Carmen Mitchusson, wait staff member, said there have been lots of paranormal events and at the last paranormal investigation, one member of the OKPRI said Henry kept moving his hands in a certain way. It was presumed he was a butcher, but Mitchusson’s husband recalled that historically, there was a barber named Henry who had a shop near Kendall’s in years gone by and he wonders if the hand movements were those of a barber.
No matter what their former vocations, Locke quips if the ghosts are going to hang around, she could use some help in the kitchen.
“If I could just teach them to make cinnamon rolls, they could earn their keep around here,” Locke said. “We’re not afraid. We don’t get a malevolent feeling. It’s startling, but other than that, nothing really,” she said. “Some customers get scared. I think it really depends on your personal belief system. If it were bad, we wouldn’t’ be here for so many years.”
For more information about paranormal investigations, visit okpri.com.
To get a glimpse of where it all goes down, visit Kendall’s at 100 S. Main St. or kendallsrestaurant.com.