You Might Be Eating With A Ghost At The Grill House In Allegan
Remember the good old days when every time you wanted to go out to eat you could never decide? "Where do you want to go?" "I don't know." Where do you want to go?" These days there are several questions before you get to those.
As we progress through the pandemic, I fear our choices will be fewer and we may not have so much indecision. this presents good news and bad news. The bad news is some or maybe all of our favorite places may close. The good news is we will be forced to find new favorites if we're lucky.
One of our favorites over the years has been The Grill House in Allegan. If you're not familiar, it's a big old house that was turned into a restaurant in the early 1830s. Today it's novelty is you pick out and cook your own steaks and other eats and dine in an historic atmosphere.
What I didn't know, until recently, is that it may be haunted. Legend has it that back when The Grill house served sawmill workers, a man was murdered in a bar fight in 1947. Since the man was a drifter there was no investigation and the body was buried somewhere on the property in an unmarked grave.
As the story goes his spirit remains and staff have told of sightings and movement of objects by Jack as he was named and considered a friendly ghost. He's also thought to have lit candles, turned on radios and every now and then they found Jack's favorite drink, a shot of whiskey, sitting on the bar. Sounds like a fun night to me.