160 Bank Street

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The building is now “The Farmhouse Tap N Grill” but back in the 80’s it was a McDonald’s. While working night maintenance with another employee, we were just starting cleaning after closing (circa 11 p.m.). He went down to the basement to begin cleaning there. He immediately came RUNNING back up the stairs and wanted me to go back down with him. The basement was mostly storage and employee break room. He pointed out how the soda tanks (5 gall stainless steel pressure tanks for syrup) were now stacked in a pyramid. They hadn’t been 10 minutes prior when I’d hung my coat down there. We agreed to leave things be until the morning manager came in. I shut off the radio, and we went upstairs to clean the lobby and kitchen. at about 10 till 5, the morning manager arrived, and we went down to show her the soda tank stack. At this time, the FULL tanks were also stacked and the radio back on. We left rather quickly. After, the manager recounted how, two weeks prior, while delegating closing duties to the two employees on duty, they heard a horrible scream from somewhere in the restaurant. A thorough inspection showed NOBODY else in the building.

This McDonald’s was built on the sight where a nightclub had burned down around June of 1974. The owner and his son had been inventorying liquor in the basement when the fire broke out, and their bodies were never recovered.

(Submitted by Mark P.)

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160 Bank Street
Burlington, VT
United States

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44.478403, -73.21330499999999
Chittenden County, Vermont
Nearest Towns:
Burlington, VT (0.2 mi.)
Winooski, VT (1.6 mi.)
South Burlington, VT (2.2 mi.)
Essex Junction, VT (5.1 mi.)
Colchester, VT (5.6 mi.)
Shelburne, VT (6.8 mi.)
Williston, VT (7.7 mi.)
West Milton, VT (10.7 mi.)
Jericho, VT (10.8 mi.)
Hinesburg, VT (11.5 mi.)


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