Corpus Christi is full of restaurants that cater to all tastes, but what if we told you there are some places that are great for the dead too?
Even if you’ve visited these restaurants a dozen times, you may never have heard of the ghost stories that go on before and after hours.
Ghostly apparitions, unexplained steps and mischievous ghosts who like to mess with guests make these restaurants to places that not only satisfy your stomach, but also your hunger for the “unknown”.
Blackbeard is on the beach
3117 Surfside Blvd., North Beach Corpus Christi
Over the years, Blackbeard’s on the Beach has become a top seafood tourist destination. But for paranormal enthusiasts, it deserves another title: one of the most haunted places in Corpus Christi.
Since it opened in 1991, a mischievous ghost is said to have mocked and persecuted Blackbeard’s staff and owners at times, according to the restaurant’s website.
The mysterious poltergeist is supposed to open doors spontaneously, play with salt shakers, move chairs and start and stop video tapes. It even followed the owners home from time to time.
In September 2008, the day after Hurricane Ike landed on the Gulf Coast, the restaurant’s manager spotted loud music in the restaurant and an empty shot glass at the bar. Nobody had visited the restaurant the night before, the website says.
Would you like to dine here? Blackbeard’s on the Beach is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit Blackbeard’s on the Beach on Facebook or call 361-884-1030.
2822 N Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi in North Beach
This North Beach restaurant is the perfect seafood stop between visits to the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium.
But it’s also a great place to soak up the haunted history.
While some visitors have reported ghostly encounters at Pier 99 over the years, it’s not clear if this restaurant is truly haunted.
Max Lennox, the restaurant’s general manager, said while personally having heard no stories of ghosts haunt the decade-old Pier restaurant, the land it sits on has an eerie past.
North Beach was a busy tourist area more than a hundred years ago, but was nearly wiped out by the 1919 hurricane.
According to the Caller-Times archives, North Beach, which was just 5 feet above sea level, was completely submerged during the storm surge when the storm landed.
Judge Henry McDonald’s home on North Beach and the Spohn Sanitarium on North Beach (where the Texas State Aquarium is now) were two of only three buildings that survived the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.
Would you like to dine here? Pier 99 is open Saturday through Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit Pier 99 on Facebook, the website, or call 361-887-0764.
The Mess Deck Cafe
2914 N. Shoreline Blvd.
This restaurant on the USS Lexington is not only the perfect place to grab a snack at the museum, but it’s also a great spot for ghostly sailors.
Bill Miller, a volunteer paranormal tour guide at Lexington, said he had heard reports from damage control members who heard noises like screams and after hours saw shadow figures running across the hangar near the cafeteria.
Miller said he believes officers who witness at night are sailors taking cover after a torpedo attack hit the ship at Hangar Bay Three and Fan Tail in 1943.
“They do the same thing over and over … they wait the ship,” he said of the ghosts he suspects roam the ship. “This was their home and they don’t want to go anywhere else.”
Would you like to dine here? The Mess Deck Cafe is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the USS Lexington and is located at the far end of the hangar deck. More information is available at www.usslexington.com.
Roosevelt is at the Tarpon Inn
200 E Cotter Ave, Port Aransas
For decades, Roosevelt’s has charmed visitors with its unique history and dining experience, but for those who work in the restaurant, things are not always what they seem.
Aimee Vanwinkle, a staff member who has worked at the restaurant since 2008, said she and her colleagues had experienced unexplained phenomena before and after hours.
Experiences include the uncomfortable feeling of being watched alone in the restaurant, the names of employees being called out of nowhere, inexplicable noises of a person walking and strange appearances of children appearing on camera in the outdoor dining area of the restaurant.
According to Vanwinkle, the restaurant is on the grounds of the Tarpon Inn, which was first established in 1857. In the 1860s, the area was used as a campsite for Union soldiers during the Civil War. At that time, the Union was in control of Port Aransas.
“We definitely have paranormal activity in the restaurant,” said Vanwinkle. “I think it definitely has to do with the history of the land it is on.”
Would you like to dine here? The restaurant is open Mondays to Saturdays from 5pm to 10pm and Sundays from 5pm to 9pm. For more information, visit Roosevelt’s at the Tarpon Inn on Facebook.
From October 30-31, Roosevelt’s is hosting a special Halloween dinner for guests that includes a four-course meal and ghost stories about the haunted place. Tickets start at $ 75 per person. To make a reservation call 361-749-1540.
House of Rock
511 Starr St., Corpus Christi
Since 2005, the House of Rock has been a hangout for live music, great food, and a diverse collection of craft beers in downtown Corpus Christi.
However, for some restaurant staff, it is also the center of unexplained phenomena when the doors are closed to guests.
Owner Casey Lain said he, along with other staff, reported inexplicable noises in the restaurant late at night and objects floating or moving over the bar with no “logical explanation”.
At the turn of the 20th century, Lain said the place the restaurant stands was the site of Maxwell P. Dunne’s first funeral home.
Dunne, who became Corpus Christi first professional embalming and undertaker, owned the funeral home on the site in the 1910s. The cellar of the restaurant was used as a morgue.
Lain said he had personally experienced an unusual presence in the restaurant’s basement over the years.
“There’s definitely been a lot going on here over the years,” Lain said. “People have seen some strange things or heard unexplained noises, but I usually try to throw them out with some logical explanation.”
Would you like to dine here? The restaurant is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The House of Rock is hosting a socially distant sugar skull decoration event on Monday October 26th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to celebrate Dia de los Muertos.
For Halloween night, the restaurant will host a free show with The Fundaze from 9pm to midnight. For more information, please contact House of Rock on Facebook or call 361-882-7625.
Mesquite Street Pizza and Pasta Co.
617 N. Mesquite St.
This pizzeria and comedy club are a stop for locals who want to enjoy the nightlife in the city’s downtown area.
However, according to Brandon Gonzalez, owner of Mesquite Street Pizza, this was also the hub for unexplained paranormal activity.
“The pizzeria was built into the first location of the Menard Hotel, founded in 1905 on Mesquite Street,” said Gonzalez. “The hotel was a brothel in the 1930s and 1940s and it is definitely haunted.”
In 1919, the 700 block of Mesquite Street in downtown Corpus Christi was filled with wood and other debris after the hurricane that decimated downtown and the city’s North Beach, according to the Caller-Times Archives.
Would you like to dine here? Mesquite Street Pizza is open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, please contact Mesquite Street Pizza and Pasta Co. on Facebook or call 361-882-7499.
Gonzalez is also home to the Fright Night Haunted House, which is behind the restaurant every weekend in October and Saturday, October 31st, 7pm to 10pm. Tickets are limited for this Halloween season and only available online.
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