Papa Vito's Restaurant

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The current restaurant is housed in a historic residence dating back to the mid nineteenth-century. The building is rumoured to be haunted by four entities, including a ghostly stagecoach driver known as ‘Charlie’, a mother and her young child, and a ghostly headmistress who used to teach at a nearby schoolhouse. Employees and diners have reportedly felt an eerie presence in the vicinity of the back staircase, where a woman once hanged herself.

(Submitted by Callum Swift)

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318 East Washington Street
Belleville, IL
United States

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38.512382, -89.9793239
St. Clair County, Illinois
Nearest Towns:
Belleville, IL (0.6 mi.)
Swansea, IL (1.6 mi.)
Fairview Heights, IL (5.3 mi.)
Shiloh, IL (5.6 mi.)
Rentchler, IL (5.9 mi.)
O'Fallon, IL (6.6 mi.)
Freeburg, IL (6.9 mi.)
Millstadt, IL (7.0 mi.)
Smithton, IL (7.2 mi.)
Scott Air Force Base, IL (7.3 mi.)


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  1. I’ve been there! While I was in the bathroom, there was nobody in there with me, and I was sure of it. I heard a woman talking to someone, and I hadn’t heard the door open, I got out of there as soon as I could! ^^;

  2. My friend told me that she went there and saw a women on top of the staircase, and she was up there and was for sure that no one else besides her a her cousin were up there. And she asked one of the workers and found out it was the woman that hung herself

  3. my friend worked there for a while. when he was there he was working upstairs and felt a presence so he started to talk to him. (you know like what are we going to do after this and whatnot). But he looked behind him and no one was there. there’s another one were he put up all the chairs on the tables for the floors to be cleaned he left and came back and all the chairs were put back.

  4. we were there as a celebration of my aunt getting married. Once we were done eating we went upstairs to see the “ghost ” for 5 min nothing happened but as we started to leave, a presence hugged me and I could feel cold air wrapping around my shoulders… I hope it was a good spirit….

  5. I worked there when it was Pasta House….I was setting a party up, upstairs, standing on a chair I felt like someone pushed me off, I looked at my manager and asked why he did that? He said he didnt and stated we had a ghost, months later I was upstairs and spotted a woman in old fashion clothes…..yes I think that building has spirts…

  6. i was their at around 8:00 at night i thought it would be funny if i went up stairs when no one was watching i slowly walked up the stairs i peeked around the corner and saw something move i looked away then gathered my self i looked again their was a lady in black and white i ran back down stairs as fast as i could

  7. So I asked a employee there where was the backstairs because I heard it was haunted so I wanted to see myself and I’m the room it was freezing compared to the rest of the restaurant and so I asked the employee to see if I walk up the since was standing by me in the room and she said yes and I walked up and I saw I girl in black and white and immediately I ran back down the stairs and I found out that that girl hung herself

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