April 21, 2007
115 North Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos is once again a “live” restaurant. The lovely old Queen Anne Victorian house has quite the history. First it was a residence, later a mortuary, and eventually a restaurant.
I grew up nearby and as a teen, I just could not imagine eating there. We used to joke about the refrigeration system! Eventually, a wedding reception for dear friends was held within those walls, and in my 30’s I broke my vow to never eat in such a creepy place.
And I didn’t even know it was haunted!
There are many, many ghost stories surrounding the former Chart House. Some of them are even funny – like the ghost at the bar who likes to ring up huge tabs in the middle of the night – drinks they didn’t even serve at the place! (Yes, a party ghost.)
When dining there one Christmas eve about 5 or 6 years ago, I asked a few of the people working there if they had any stories. I got an earful, but my children got a bit freaked out – and we found that later going to the basement to use the restroom became a hurdle of insurmountable heights. (I have now learned NOT to ask about ghosts in front of my kids, especially if the bathroom is in a particularly remote area. They are teens now but still don’t appreciate Mom’s hobby.)
Anyway, the Chart House did serve great food, and there was no shortage of ambiance, but it just could not seem to make much of a profit, so after a decade or more, it closed. I do believe it’s due to the locals knowing its history. The next tenant in was also a restaurant, and it was named Chart’s. It did not have a very long run, however. It closed and once again the “for lease” sign went up.
I did a quick peek at Google on this spot earlier and discovered that a tourist did a U-Tube Video of the former Chart House between the last tenant and this one.
So a new chapter begins as the spot once again opens as a restaurant. I don’t know what type of food is served there, but … I’m dying to find out.