American Flatbread - Carburs Restaurant

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At American Flatbread, once the Carburs Restaurant, a deceased former employee occasionally makes an appearance. The former worker shot himself in the head in the basement; the bullet is still embedded in the wall, according to reports. While most ghostly encounters occur in the basement, folks in the bar have reported ladies’ skirts being lifted by a cold breeze, glasses shattering, plates flying off counters and sudden temperature changes. It is said that female employees are told not to go into the basement, because some have been trapped in the walk-in freezer when the door slams shut unexpectedly. A female bartender reported that when she turned her back for a moment, a pyramid of glasses suddenly appeared on the bar after she had just put them away.

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115 St Paul St
Burlington, VT 05401
United States

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44.476553, -73.21415400000001
Chittenden County, Vermont
Nearest Towns:
Burlington, VT (0.1 mi.)
Winooski, VT (1.7 mi.)
South Burlington, VT (2.2 mi.)
Essex Junction, VT (5.2 mi.)
Colchester, VT (5.7 mi.)
Shelburne, VT (6.7 mi.)
Williston, VT (7.7 mi.)
Jericho, VT (10.8 mi.)
West Milton, VT (10.8 mi.)
Hinesburg, VT (11.4 mi.)

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    • Carl Capra didn’t shoot himself at the restaurant, but at another location, on October 3, 1985. Supposedly, a young cook did kill himself in Carbur’s basement, but I haven’t been able to locate anything online about the incident. Does anyone have any actual facts on this?

  1. Carl was a great guy. Prior to his suicicide he attended a couple of popular self help workshops at the time, I attended at the same time up in Stowe. Money and You and then Choices were created by Marshal Thurber, they made you think outside the box. At choices attendees were introduced to the ultimate choice, life or death, including a coffin at the workshop. The workshop didn’t cause Carls death, it was where he was at in lifeand sadly in death. His spirit lives on, not as a ghost but as a good man.

    • The employee was named Michael Savage – I went to school with him, in Winooski, class of 82. When he did it, my father told me about it. He apparently came in for a regular shift, pulled out a .44 mag, and shot himself in the head.
      He was a rather strange kid in school, and I was never one of his friends, so I don’t know what was going on in his life to drive him to this.

  2. Carl Capra was a good friend. Unfortunately, he was drawn into attending Werner Erhard EST seminars in the Burlington area. They virtually disassembled people psychologically. In the rock bottom I-am-useless induced state, more than one attendee developed suicidal thoughts.

  3. It is haunted but the sudden temperature changes are due to the AC system trying to keep up with the heat from the pizza oven.

  4. I have a membership to, am an avid researcher, and have always been fascinated by things unknown. Finding the stories for those who don’t have a voice has become something I genuinely love to do. I was looking to see what I could find on the man who killed himself in the basement. An article was published in the Free Burlington Press in January 1992.

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