Washington folklore

Phantom Diner

A Washington Ghost Story

Retold by S.E. Schlosser

A couple were driving through Spokane, Washington one evening.  They were hungry and tired and needed a break.  Unfortunately, they were also broke.  The wife went through her purse and the glove department and under the seats of the car, trying to drum up enough spare change to get them some kind of meal.  She’d collect about eight dollars in quarters, dimes, nickels and a few dollar bills when her husband called her attention to a sign post reading: Steak and Eggs - $3.85.  It was attached to a motel-diner combination in downtown Spokane. 

     Well, Steak and Eggs sounded much better than fast food to the hungry couple.  Armed with their quarters, they parked the car and went into an old-time diner.  It was a bit run-down, the kind of place laughingly called a greasy spoon.  But the food smelled delicious and the place was packed with customers.  And the prices on the yellowing menus were just as good as advertised.  But the couple had Steak and Eggs on their minds, and that’s what they got. 

      The service at the diner was excellent, the food equally so, and the bill, when it came, was only $5.  The husband blinked at the low cost and – checking it – found the waitress had only charged the 85 cents for the second meal.  The husband immediately called her attention to the error – happy to pay full price for such excellent service, even if it meant spending their very last dime to do so.  The waitress thanked him for showing her the error, but explained that the restaurant’s policy was to charge customers only what was written on the bill, even if the server made an error. 

     Impressed, the couple paid the low bill and went back on their journey, but not before picking up a brochure for the attached motel.  This was a place to recommend to their friends! 

     And the couple did recommend the diner and motel in Spokane.  Many times over.  Until the day one of their friends who was familiar with downtown Spokane questioned them closely about their experience.  He’d never heard of a motel-diner combination in the area they’d described, nor of a restaurant by that particular name.  The wife dug out the brochure, and he did recognize the name of the motel. 

     Puzzled, the husband called the number on the brochure and asked about the attached diner.  To his amazement, the staff member who answered the phone told him that the restaurant attached to the motel had burned to the ground many years before the couple had visited Spokane.

     Apparently, the couple had eaten Steak and Eggs at a phantom restaurant populated by friendly ghosts!


well that wasnt scary that much, but it was really entertaining! Great story 10/10!!!

it wasnt very good...

It wasn't that scary. It's still good, though. It would've been better if it was just a bit more scary.

well, not that it was bad, but it wasn't scary, & could have been better.

that was sweet of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!

not scary but 100% AWSOME!!!

not scary but veeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrryyyyy creepy!!!

5 stars for story but not scary sad:(

cool story ive read better ones though

wow spoke but funny lol!!!!

I'm from Spokane, this a popular ghost story. I don't think it's true though.

i like it but it could have been a lot scarier, but was a little creepy if u think about it! <3

well, eating at a ghostly resteraunt isn't wierd at all!

Very good story! A little creepy not very scary, but a great campfire story.
P.S. I like how it mentioned that the ghosts were friendly.

wait...i don't get it...why would ghosts even ask for $5? what can ghosts even do with money??

not scarey but very interesting.i liked the part when they found out it was ran by freindly ghosts

I give it 9.2 out of 10..it was cool

Man id like to have steak and eggs right now even if its made by a ghost

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Schlosser, author of the Spooky Series

About the Author: S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press, as well as the Ghost Stories deck by Random House.  She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author. Read more

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