I went with my daughter to a ghost walk in Portland and visited Old Town Pizza. The restaurant is above the notorious Shanghai Tunnels, where men were kidnapped and forced into sailing aboard ships to Shanghai.
Going there for pizza alone I would recommend even if you don’t see any ghostly sightings. I thought the pizza was delicious with a cold glass of beer. I loved the atmosphere too. Dark and intimate with wood furnishings and antique lamps. It had a 19th century feel to it. Knowing there were sightings of a ghost added a spookiness to the place.
The ghost is believed to be a prostitute named Nina, who worked at the Merchant Hotel. There have been numerous sightings of Nina from diners and employees. She’s been seen in a black dress wandering the basement and watching diners. Others have reported smelling a woman’s perfume on occasion. It is believed she’s been haunting the area for 100 years.
She was found dead at the bottom of the elevator shaft (strange how their was a death at the bottom of an elevator shaft at Jerome’s Grande Hotel, but that’s another story!) Rumors are that she was murdered, by being pushed down the elevator shaft because she turned in some of Portland’s more notorious underworld types, but no one was ever charged or convicted of her murder.
Actor Willem Dafoe was reported to be a regular in the 1970s at the restaurant.
I didn’t see Nina or any of my family. Not sure what I would have done if I had!
If you’re ever in Portland, drop by and try their pizza. Again it’s Old Town Pizza.