A supernatural sale: Kempton pub owners hope paranormal activity will lure buyer | New

KEMPTON — Slamming doors. Unexplainable hissing. Ghostly appearances. Changing shadows and a cold brush on the back of the neck when no one is around.

It’s what Cayenne Foutch and Tara Fleming, owners of Breeze In Pub in Kempton, have come to expect from their restaurant and bar since buying it in 1999.

The two sisters say there is no doubt. The pub is haunted. A supernaturally sensitive person told them that there were up to 13 spirits in the facility.

And now those mysterious encounters and otherworldly sightings can all be yours for $250,000.

The sisters put the small town pub on the market about three months ago. Fleming, 73, and Foutch, 65, said they were ready to retire and relax after owning the place for the past 23 years.

The sale includes tables, kitchen appliances, decor, stools and everything else for the establishment, plus a rare bar and restaurant liquor license and packaged liquor to go.

It also includes embracing the very active, but mostly harmless, spirits who, according to Fleming and Foutch, make themselves known very regularly at the pub, located at 108 W. Railroad St. in one of the oldest buildings in the city. town.

The real estate ad clearly states what the new owner can expect. The pub is advertised as the “Haunted Bar of Kempton”, and one of the investment highlights in the listing is “Haunted!!!”

Some of the photos from inside the bar even have a ghostly apparition superimposed over the image. In a photo from the bathroom, the figure covered in sheets is sitting on a toilet and texting on his phone.

The list may take a light-hearted tone about hauntings, but Fleming and Foutch said their paranormal encounters aren’t something to be taken lightly. They are very real and sometimes really alarming.

Fleming said that on some occasions she will be working in the kitchen when she distinctly hears a whistle and sees shadows moving in the bar. When she goes to greet the customer she thinks has entered, no one is there, but the hiss continues to drift through the room.

“Some nights it really bothers you,” Fleming said. “You’ve had enough. Basically, when I leave, I say to the spirits, ‘It’s all yours.’ »

Foutch said she first came up with the idea that the pub was haunted right after she bought it and started renovating the building. Tools were disappearing, and she and her sister kept feeling something touch their hair and neck.

“We didn’t think about it too much,” Foutch said. “We thought it was cobwebs. It wasn’t.

What really convinced her that the place was haunted was the night she was working at the bar and was struck by the pungent smell of the perfume. She asked the handful of customers if anyone wore one. No one was.

“You would have this unholy, overpowering smell of perfume, and then it would go away,” Foutch said.

But it’s not just the sisters who have experienced inexplicable things. They said customers and customers also saw and felt the spirits. Foutch said a girl refused to return to the restaurant after she felt a ghost playing with her hair.

A customer said a friend of his from Kempton, who died years ago, is sometimes seen sitting at the end of the bar waiting for a drink. A photo taken after his death appears to capture in the background what looks very much like a man fitting the friend’s description.

“I’ve had a lot of people say they don’t believe in spirits, but over the years they’ve changed their minds,” Foutch said.

Abbie Stancato, the estate agent hired to sell the pub, said when he first met Fleming and Foutch they walked him through the place and told him about the business. It wasn’t until they were almost done that they casually mentioned the decades of paranormal activity.

This may have pissed off some agents, but not Stancato. The only thing that surprised him was how pragmatic the sisters were about hauntings.

“I respect that,” Stancato said. “There are things in life that we don’t understand. The only ghost I really understand is the Holy Spirit. The rest is a little beyond my comprehension, but I know that kind of thing exists in the spirit world.

Stancato said he wanted to do his due diligence as an agent, so he began researching whether Indiana code would require him to reveal the property was haunted.

He discovered that the Indiana code defines something called “psychologically affected properties”. These include homes or rental units in which someone died or was the site of a crime or criminal gang. However, real estate agents are not required to voluntarily disclose this information, but should respond honestly if asked directly.

Stancato had his answer, but he still didn’t feel right about not telling a potential buyer that the pub was haunted.

“I didn’t want someone to show up and say, ‘I like this bar,’ and then they freak out because someone says, ‘Oh, by the way, the bar is haunted,'” he said. he declares.

But rather than take it all too seriously, he decided to use it as a fun selling point.

Stancato said listing the pub as haunted was a good way to peek into a property that might otherwise easily fall through the cracks. After all, the bar is in Kempton, which has a population of just over 300 and is not on the main roads.

He said the listing is definitely getting attention for its focus on the spooky, but none of that has translated into an offer yet.

This is something the sisters hope to happen soon. Foutch said they were both ready to sell and retire. She said she had already retired from her other job as a firefighter and paramedic for the Sheridan Fire Department.

“It’s kind of a bittersweet thing,” Foutch said. “But it’s time to slow down and enjoy life a bit. We are just starting to get tired.

Fleming said if and when the pub sells out, they will miss all the customers who have become like family over the past 23 years. She said most days it looked like the hit TV show “Cheers” inside their pub.

On other days, it’s more like an episode of the reality TV show “Ghost Hunters.”

But the sisters say it’s perfectly fine. They both said they would actually miss the spirits and their paranormal antics that have almost become a familiar – albeit supernatural – presence in their lives.

“It’s almost like they’ve become a bit overprotective,” Foutch said. “I don’t know, but maybe it’s because they’ve known us for so long now.”

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