Dread. That all encompassing feeling of despair, accompanied by apprehension, fear, and an overwhelming feeling of reluctance dotted with that cold feeling that something just isn’t quite right. This is often the result of walking into a place where sadness and unfinished business dwells, often from the passing of someone who has simply not moved on and is hanging around awaiting for some type of closure, possibly so that their spirit may finally one day rest. Ghosts tend to communicate with humans in unconventional ways, but then the majority of skeptics feel that ghosts are positively not a part of the moral code of rules that apply to simple, everyday life. For those who do believe in ghosts, it is in no way astounding to enter an establishment with the notion that a spirit may attempt to have a paranormal conversation with you if they feel so inclined. At Kendall’s Restaurant in Noble, Oklahoma this type of feeling and behavior is anticipated and accepted as normal, and even highly entertaining if you don’t mind unexplained commotion. The restaurant is so visually haunted that paranormal investigators from the Oklahoma Paranormal Research and Investigations group decided to see what all of the hype was about, and they were not disappointed.
Fabulous reviews on their home-style country food from chicken fried steak to blackened catfish come as no surprise. The locals can’t get enough of the delicious, yet simple food. The small town atmosphere and kid friendly environment serve as a reminder as to how great southern hospitality really is. With all of this going on it is no wonder that the ghosts simply do not want to leave. The town of Noble is one of those rare finds due to it being located off of the beaten path, just 28 miles south of the state’s capital, Oklahoma City, but if you do get the chance, just exit off of highway 77 South at the Noble exit to experience a wonderful diversion to an otherwise mundane day. Even if you aren’t hungry or in the mood for ghosts, you won’t be disappointed. The town offers an art center, zoo, the famous Timberlake Rose Rock Museum, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, and of course, the very haunted Kendall’s Restaurant down in the heart of the town on Main Street. Invisible friends gather around guests at Kendall’s Restaurant, especially if children are at the table. At least this has been the ongoing rumor where kids are concerned, and if their animated conversations with what appears to be nobody at all is any indicator, the rumor is anything but hearsay.
The staff at Kendall’s Restaurant doesn’t mind having the ghosts as co-workers, but they more then likely wish that the spirits would earn their keep by learning how to do some of the kitchen chores from dishes to making up their famous mouth watering cinnamon rolls that run out faster then the next batch can make it out of the oven. The ghosts at the more then one-hundred year old restaurant have a sense of humor and they want you to know that they are there. Serving trays have flown out of server’s hands as if someone walked by and tapped it, and soft, invisible, cold touches felt by the staff have been noted, typically while performing the tedious chore of rolling up the day’s silverware. The staff has calculated that there are four different ghosts haunting the restaurant, with honorary cutouts of ghost’s Henry and Margaret hanging prominently on the wall. An unnamed ghost and the spirit of Theodore are also main characters in the supernatural shenanigans that occur all hours of the day. The alarms are known to go off in the middle of the night for absolutely no reason at all, and Kendall’s Restaurant owner Kim Locke claims that lights flicker, food fly’s from the freezer, doors fling open and the utensils have a mind of it’s own at the silverware station.
With such an exorbitant amount of paranormal activity taking place on a regular basis, owner Kim Locke refuses to work by herself and because of the unexplained events, decided it was time to bring in the professionals. Motion sensors set into place at the back of the restaurant by Paranormal investigators from OKPRI went crazy with activity and had to be shut off. Shadows and voices were virtually everywhere, buzzing with action, and at one point one of the investigators was touched by a ghost. The EVP picked up a male voice saying ” chicken” and female voices were detected saying “aha” and “oh”. The back rooms are described as being downright creepy, and the creaking kitchen door only elevates the situation, because it inexplicably opens by itself. During the end of the investigation, conducted in the back dining area, the EVP picked up a voice saying “picture”. The investigators were left scratching their heads as to what the ghost was trying to convey to them.
The group is set to come back again on July 27 with highly sensitive equipment from audio and visual, that will be strategically placed around the restaurant in hopes of capturing the ghosts on film, talking and attempting to communicate with the living. Publication of the restaurant’s paranormal stories found in the Norman Transcript has proven to be fruitful. Tickets went on sale and announcements were sent out to the public, inviting those interested to the event. The general public has shown nothing less then a genuine interest in paranormal activity with the evidence tallying a sold out event. The evening will begin with a complete history of the building, followed by a dark evening filled with paranormal events while monitoring the cameras and electronic voice phenomenon. The paranormal group will share the details of their investigation, bringing everyone up to date on their communications with the other side. Everyone is invited to Kendall’s Restaurant for down home country food and some of the most enlightening conversation Oklahoma has to offer. The paranormal entertainment is free.
Location: 100 South Main Street, Noble, Oklahoma. Phone: 405-872-0303
Hours: 11:00 am. To 8:00 pm. Tuesday thru Saturday *Credit Cards Not Accepted*