After Day 2 of CHA, Julie, Mike, Mackenzie and Myself went for dinner at the Spaghetti Factory located in the former 1909 Duarte Schoolhouse, in Duarte, California.
The Old Spaghetti Factory is an Italian-style restaurant currently operating in 38 locations in several U.S. States, primarily Oregon, Washington, California and Utah. In addition to its US locations, The Old Spaghetti Factory has restaurants in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario. There are a total of 13 locations in Canada, as well as Nagoya in Japan, and previously in Kobe and Kawagoe.The chain was started on January 10, 1969 by Guss Dussin in Portland, Oregon. Some restaurant locations have been in older warehouse and historic locations. The restaurant decor features antiques, including chandeliers, brass headboards, and footboards at bench backs for booths. Each restaurant's most prominent decor feature is a streetcar in the middle of the restaurant with seating inside. The Old Spaghetti Factory is very similar in concept to Spaghetti Warehouse, though Spaghetti Warehouse was started three years later in Texas.
To learn more on the Spaghetti Factory visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Old_Spaghetti_Factory
The Duarte School first opened in 1909 in the old schoolhouse that is now The Old Spaghetti Factory. Its been rumored that their are super natural guests at the restaurant, ghosts who walk the floors and come alive inside this fabulous structure. Here is a photo of Julie, Mack and I:Now here we are with a cool reflection:Dinner was fabulous, I had the chicken parm and we had garlic bread sticks, yum yum yum. After dinner I ran around to the side of the building and snapped these pictures of the empty school room:Here is one more photo I zoomed in on: Do you see the Ghost?
SO many ghostly stories about the former school, a School Principal who haunts the floors, a young girls voice, an older man and a convict from the same grounds, plus many more....Whether you believe in ghosts or not, this just adds to the ambiance of the place.
Have a spooktacular day!