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Halloween is coming: This San Francisco restaurateur reports several spooky sightings in his business


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Halloween is approaching and everywhere we turn we see pumpkins, witches and ghosts of the decorative kind. But a San Francisco restaurant owner reports several sightings of what could be a lost soul lurking.

Fall seems to have arrived in San Francisco’s Mission District. The wind and the falling leaves remind us that the end is near. We took refuge here in a restaurant after the owner invited us.

We asked him how things were going.

“Well, all things considered,” he answered with a slight hesitation.

All things Considered? We asked him to develop.

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“One of our employees thought he saw an extra person downstairs, did a double take and then realized there was no one there. Like a ghost,” the owner said.

Geoffrey Lee, the owner and leader of the super popular Handroll Project in the Mission, told us more about these close encounters.

“There were reports of containers flying across the room during prep and lights turning on and off in the upstairs employee restrooms,” Lee said.

It’s a fact that this place used to be a restaurant named Platanos, which translates to “plantains” in Spanish. The leader of Platanos died after a fight with a neighbor.

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Maybe that leader is hiding now. Either way, Lee thinks it’s a friendly ghost.

“I mean, no one’s been hurt so far,” he laughed.

Just in case, I visited my favorite spiritual store, Botanica Yoruba. I spoke to the owner about the spirit of the restaurant and asked him for recommendations.

The owner introduced me to all sorts of items to help calm the mind, including sage. She also recommended a candle.

But in the end, I settled on the sage and took it to Lee.

“Sage, thank you very much,” he said.

And just like that, our job here was done, just another day to appease troubled souls.

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