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The Vintage Steak House Ghost

 

I read a few years ago on a website that a worker at Sarducci's thought the train car attached to the restaurant was haunted. I don't remember the website and cannot find it. My mother, two young sons and I had lunch at "The Vintage Steak House" this past Tuesday, April 14, 2009. The restaurant is inside the old train cars attached to the other restaurant, Sarducci's.

When we were seated, I remembered the story I read online and asked our waitress if it's true, that the train car was haunted. She gave me a surprised look and said "Yes", that she sometimes opens the restaurant at 7am and hears weird noises and that the area right behind us sometimes gets really cold.

Of course, I thought she was just fueling my interest and to make our visit to the restaurant more enjoyable, I just shrugged it off. I took photos of the area we were seated in, admiring the old train cars and their decor. Behind us and a bit to the right, there's a window that looks into an aisle and wine wrack. I took photos of that area and the table that is next to the window. I also took photos on my cell phone. We did not hear any noises, however when I went to the restroom just down the hall from our train compartment area where we were seated, I felt this really uncanny feeling of being followed and watched. I was alone in the bathroom and could not wait to get out and back to my table! We ate our lunch and were on our way to tour Los Rios Street, located directly behind the restaurant, across from the Amtrak train tracks. We spoke with a garden shop owner about if the area was haunted. She told us about a ghost tour they have in October, and of the "White Lady Ghost". I thought it was really interesting.

When we get home later, I uploaded my photos off my memory card. I was looking at a particular photo, not expecting to find anything, but something so eerie popped out at me. I was completely shocked to find a face in the wine rack that was just outside our eating area in the train car restaurant. The head had white hair. My husband tweaked the contrast around and converted it to black and white, and you can clearly see the left side of "Her" face, complete with eyes, nose, mouth, wrinkled cheek bone. I am convinced that we have a ghost or spirit in our photo.

A few days later, I remembered taking some photos with my cell phone. In one of my photos, there is a blue ball of light in the area right behind us, next to the window looking into the wine rack. I've never had an "Orb" in my photos before (just normal dust and booked... And I am a professional. Photographer by the way, so I look at thousands of photos and have never seen anything like this before).

I thought I'd share my story. I was always a skeptic about ghosts and spirits, but since my visit this past Tuesday I am a skeptic no more.

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KimA (1 stories) (13 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-05-10)
Lollypop,
Have you read my descriptions that I have written with the links? I explain in more detail about the ghosts of San Juan Capistrano and even provide links to their tales. If you read the ocweekly link, you'll know why I posted it. There is more than one ghost haunting the area, I believe I just happen to have one of them in my photos.

The workers at The Vintage Steakhouse were clearly spooked by my images. I did go back a week after my first visit and showed everyone. We were all baffled to why there was a face in the winerack. No one who works there had hair like that, and no one else was dining when we were there. On our first visit, I asked our waitress if the place was haunted and she gave me a brief account of hers as I described in the original post. She would hear strange, unnatural noises and experience cold spots (the area behind where we were seated). I also explained the feeling I had when I was in the restroom, which was a feeling of being watched/followed. I never feel that way, and that was before I knew I had a ghost in my photo. Later, after uploading my photos to my computer and seeing the ghost in my photo freaked me out, especially the fact that the ghost has white wavy hair... Just as the "White Lady Ghost" has been described as having. Coincidence? I don't really think so.
KimA (1 stories) (13 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-05-10)
Lollypop,
The picture of Avila was only shown because some people believe her to be one of the many ghosts that haunt the area. It was purely for historical purposes (although I did find a little resemblance in the eyes and the way the hair lays). The ghost on the door is at the same restaurant that the ghost in my photo appeared in. People have spotted many ghosts in that area for the past 100+ years, and many describe the ghost to be female with long wavy white hair. Legend, truth, tale... Who knows, but I find it fascinating and frightening at the same time (seeing that I have clearly captured a ghost in my photo).
Lollypop (1 stories) (10 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-05-10)
Is it just me, or what? The picture of Avila, the painting on the bathroom door at the restaurant and the image in the wine-rack glass window all look utterly different to me. Have I missed something here?

It would be nice to hear more about the hauntings--what is this ghost said to do? What have the restaurant workers reported?

😕 L
zoajet (2 stories) (276 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-05-01)
oh ok, I taken two weaird photos useing a camra made for ghostes. If I am able to upload them, then I'll show you.
KimA (1 stories) (13 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-30)
Ok, sorry to bombard you all with info, but you might be interested in a possible link to the "White Lady Ghost of San Juan Capistrano".

Follow the news article link and then the next link is an old photo of Modesta Avila aka possible White Lady Ghost. She looks eerily similar to the ghost in my picture.

Http://www.ocweekly.com/2003-11-06/news/the-white-lady-was-brown/

Http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=747832599&ref=name#/photo.php?pid=1681878&id=747832599
KimA (1 stories) (13 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-30)
Zoajet, I have my photos uploaded to my facebook site, and I just copy and past the link to my photo into the text reply box. Simple as that, or you can create an account at photobucket or some file sharing site and share that way as well.:)

Thanks for all your feedback to everyone. I felt the need to share these photos with someone. Of course I have friends and family who think it's just a coincidence... But really I don't think so!
KimA (1 stories) (13 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-30)
Here is a picture of the same wine rack taken a week later. Does anyone see what I am seeing? I see wavy white hair, shoulders (wearing white shirt and perhaps an over coat or sweater) and hands coming up behind the wine bottle? I am not sure I want to go back to that restaurant. I have never felt that uneasy feeling before. I cannot quite explain the feeling, but definitely felt followed and watched.

Here's the link to the picture.
Keep in mind, I met every worker in the restaurant and not one had hair like either "ghosts" in my photos.

Http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1650401&id=747832599#/photo.php?pid=1650936&id=747832599
Flyingfsoo (1 stories) (3 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-30)
When I was talking about her necklace look at the ghost on the door then the closer verson of her picture you can see the necklace looks really close
TheLightBeforeDawn (5 stories) (41 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-30)
Just looking at the painting on the door (or wall, not sure) gives me the shivers.
Interesting though. Can see the face clearly on the wine rack, too. Fascinating.
zoajet (2 stories) (276 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-30)
KimA, how do you send a pictue in this? I have two that may look werid. So if anyone can help, then help.
zoajet (2 stories) (276 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-29)
normal camras can work good with the unseen but protom camras work best. I seen many ghostes myself with picture I take and just seeing them.
KimA (1 stories) (13 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-29)
If you do a google search on ghosts of San Juan Capistrano, California, you will find many sightings and stories of ghosts in that very area where I was. One particular ghost, "The White Lady Ghost of Los Rios Street" fits the description of my ghost in my photo. There is so much more to my experience that I did not put down here, but I went back a second time, last week. All the workers were totally spooked. The restaurant manager was particularly interested. He asked me if I had seen the painting on one of the train doors of the "Ghost Lady". I took a photo on my first visit of a painting near the restroom that I felt watched... But he said that's not the painting of a ghost. He lead me down the hall to the bar area. The painting of this lady ghost gave me the chills, as there is an uncanny resemblance to the ghost in my pictures, particularly the hair. I'll post the link to the photos for you all.

Http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1650398&l=ec7b9bc856&id=747832599

Http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1650401&l=b1a695a6c1&id=747832599

In the second photo (taken with flash), notice the moving orb along the middle of the door "jam" on the right? There's also a small orb up in the top left, and also what looks like a mist.
zoajet (2 stories) (276 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-29)
I believe you. If you really want freaky pictures, buy an photom camra (not to sure if they are actualy called this) only problem is that they are pricy.
KimA (1 stories) (13 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-29)
That's the whole sad part about posting photos and ghost stories on the internet. Some people are really hesitant to believe someone about their experience because there have been so many hoaxes, photo shopped images etc. I will swear on my life, that I have done absolutely no trickery to any of my photos. All I have done was adjusted contrast and converted to Black and White to help bring out details. So if that helps people believe me, great... If not, no biggie. I know what I see and felt, both totally out of the norm.:) Thanks for looking!
zoajet (2 stories) (276 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-29)
Orb pictures are common for me. You say you saw a blue orb right, well orbs are ghostes aura. Blue resemble sadness so the ghost that was near must of been sad.
dreamergal72 (6 stories) (793 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-29)
That sure is kind of creepy looking face remind me of snowwhite's old lady that give out her a apple.
Flyingfsoo (1 stories) (3 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-29)
Looking closer at the picture doesn't it look like the face is wearing a pearl necklace or something of the sort?

Might help with knowing what time period they come from.
mzih8u (2 stories) (16 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-28)
they're interesting photo's Kim. You can definatlely make out a face of some sorts, I can't say if I believe you or not as I wasn't there but they are indeed very good photos and I must say the train decor is beautiful!
KimA (1 stories) (13 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-28)
Here is the face of the "Ghost" turned to black and white and increased in size. It's just so weird how the details emerge instead of get pixilated and blurry (like normal photos).

I am a photographer and have looked at thousands of photos... I have never seen anything like this in any of my pictures!

Http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/photo.php?pid=1616792&id=747832599
KimA (1 stories) (13 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-28)
Here is a cropped in version of the photo from the previous link.

Http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1616036&l=c841af2e21&id=747832599
KimA (1 stories) (13 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-04-28)
Here is the photo of the area right behind us, of the wine cellar (or rack) with the ghost face. It's kind of hard to tell, but if you see the chair... Look directly to the left and into the wine rack you'll see a face.

Http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1616035&l=c1e739826e&id=747832599

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