Sonny’s Restaurant, Portland, Maine – Visit June 29, 2015
Unexplained noises, that creepy feeling of being watched and bowls and dishes crashing to the floor while the shelf remains intact… welcome to Sonny’s, where things really do go bump in the night. Built just after the great fire in 1866, the building originally housed Portland Savings Bank and has been occupied by Sonny’s Restaurant since 2009. Ghostly activity was reportedly highest when the restaurant was newly renovated, but it hasn’t subsided entirely. Described as the benevolent spirit of a turn-of-the-19th-century older gentleman with a big nose, the unnamed specter not only commits invisible mischief, but was once reportedly seen by a customer as she glanced in a mirror.
The menu is depicted as “new world cuisine,” full of flavors from Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico and the southwestern United States. Dinner choices range from pulled pork enchiladas to seared white fish with chorizo pozole to house made ravioli. As this was our third haunted eateries stop for the day, we decided to share a plate of nachos with cocktails; tortilla chips smothered in cheddar, black beans, scallions, pico de gallo, pickled jalapenos and sour cream, with a couple of mojitos on the side. Yum!
After dinner, we headed for the bar – bartenders always have good ghost stories. On this particular evening though, no tales were forthcoming. Our bartender, although exceptionally skilled in mixology, refused to talk about his unearthly experiences. Apparently, he had witnessed some weird things but never spoke of them while inside the building…perhaps he was afraid of being overheard.
We had a fun time at Sonny’s, even though the resident phantom no-showed us. Perchance you’ll have better luck. You can find Sonny’s at: