The GRS was the first paranormal team ever to investigate Lucrezia Restaurant on June 26, 2014
26 , 2014
Location: 302 S. Main St., Crown Point, IN 46307
the #1 best Italian restaurant in all of northwest Indiana and a former funeral
home built in 1887, this was actually an impromptu investigation at the last
moment. We had come to Crown Point to investigate the Crown Point Jail and I had
chosen this location as the closest and nicest place to eat before our
investigation. We were all in front of the jail, taking pictures, when a father
and son duo on bicycles stopped and saw the logos on our GRS shirts and asked
what we were doing. We told them that we were to investigate the jail later and
were about to go to Lucrezia’s for dinner when they informed us that it was
allegedly haunted. They went on to say that if you talked to the staff and the
manager that they would be happy to tell you what they had encountered in the
during dinner that was brought up to our waitress who then brought it up to
General Manager and Wine Specialist, Robert E. Miller. He offered to allow us to
wander around the building while he told us a little about the past history of
the place and the haunting activity. We were allowed to conduct a few short EVP
sessions upstairs and use some handheld equipment.
location looks like an old Victorian building with a beautiful antique
woodworking design inside. The staircase to the upper floor was just magnificent
and the food is fantastic!
Hauntings: Employees have
had encounters with the supernatural in various ways and a lot of the activity
seems to be in the upstairs areas. Strange sounds, footsteps, etc. Apparently
quite a number of employees have joined the ranks of witnesses to some kind of
The Ghost Research Society investigated Lucrezia Restaurant July 26, 2014. Team members included: Stan Suho, Marge Sucha, Kathie Para, Sandy Weber, Michael Wright, Katherine Meagher and Dale Kaczmarek
setup: No equipment was setup. Handheld
equipment only was used and very minimal at that; digital tape recorders,
Melmeters and cellphone recorders.
performed: EVP sessions were
conducted in the attic and upstairs and sweeps of the upstairs dining area with
EMF meters was also performed for baseline readings.
before our investigations we stop off to eat, which might not be a good thing.
Stomach noise and EVP’s don’t mix. The food was great and the ambiance was
sophisticated. We had spoken with some of the patrons outside that had said the
restaurant was haunted. As we ordered, we had conversation with our waitress who
confirmed the patrons’ story of paranormal activity.
dinner the Manager let us take a short tour of the upstairs area. He was kind
enough to tell us the history that was very intriguing. We did a short EVP
session and left. There was a lot of contamination due to the fact it was dinner
and there were a lot of guest but, after reviewing the taped session when I got
home, it has compelled me to hopefully do an investigation sometime in the
we get to do a true investigation of this restaurant again, I hope we get to
dine before the investigation.
Suho: Talk about an impromptu
investigation, we were having dinner at a restaurant across the street from our
main goal, the "Old Crown Point Jail", when a waitress noticed our T
Shirts, and started asking questions. It turns out that the restaurant
itself had some strange goings on. Apparently she notified the manager and we
were invited to do a 2nd floor walk through after dinner. Of course none of us
had all of our equipment but we made do. The EVP folks did have some of their
recorders so that was a good start. After the meal we went upstairs
and were given the tour by the manager. It was an older building with several
smaller rooms upstairs, some of which had things happening. All I had with
me was my 35 mm camera, so I did what I always do. I started taking pictures. I
took a nice picture of Dale and the manager "for the website". He was
a very nice fellow and seemed open for the publicity.
Well needless to say, all I came away with were some nice photos. This might be a good place for a follow up investigation. We probably would not even disturb the dinner guest. Now off to investigate the Crown Point Jail. Break a leg.
Wright: We decided to meet at this
restaurant for dinner before our investigation at the jail.
When ordering our meal we discovered this location has had some unexplained activity that could be classified as paranormal from a member of the restaurant staff.
The restaurant manager was kind enough to let us do a quick impromptu investigation of the upstairs and attic of the restaurant.
found out the history and details of things that have happened over the years
while we were investigating. During the investigation we had several K-II
spikes and heard noises that seemed to be originating from the upstairs on the
other side of the room, unfortunately I did not have my recorder for this.
we can do longer investigation here in the future starting out with a delicious
meal from the kitchen before we investigate.
Para: Lucrezia is a popular Italian restaurant that was originally a funeral
home. Ghost Research Society had the privilege of doing a short walk-through and
an EVP session in the upper floors of this building. After hearing from a
neighborhood man that the restaurant was haunted, we asked the waitress about it
during dinner. After finding out we were paranormal investigators, we were
invited by management to go on a tour of the second and thirds floors. Employees
are very uncomfortable going to these areas and many actually refuse to venture
up the stairs alone.
Ascending the stairs, my Melmeter immediately began
to register high readings. This held true throughout much of the second floor
and in one area in particular I got very high readings that topped out at 9.6.
We tried in vain to find a reason for this high EMF reading but were unable to
On the third floor we did a very short EVP session.
Unfortunately, with the restaurant open on very busy on a Saturday night, there
was much contamination coming from the first floor. We heard what sounded like a
loud bangs on a pipe in what was once a small kitchen. This happened three times
and seemed to coincide with me asking a question. Not knowing the building, I
have no idea if this was a normal occurrence.
The high EMF readings we got on the second floor
alone are reason enough to say I would be very excited to be able to return when
the building is empty and do a full investigation and explore it further.
This was such an unexpected, exciting impromptu
to our investigation at Crown Point Jail we had dinner at Lucrezia Restaurant.
During dinner our waitress started to tell us some of the history of this
beautiful restaurant and how some employees believe it to be haunted.
After a conversation with management we were given a short tour and did a
We did get some high EMF
readings on the third floor.
I did not pick up any EVP's
on my recorder.
The restaurant beautiful
inside and outside. The staff was
great. Best part was the great food.
I would definitely go back!
Kaczmarek: What a great place
and it was so unexpected! This wasn’t the first nor will it be the last time
that we have or will dine at a haunted restaurant. Mr. Miller and his staff were
very accommodating and helpful during our short time there. Even though the
restaurant was very crowded and busy, they took the time to allow us the
opportunity to snoop around a bit upstairs and in the attic area. While there
was obviously some contamination from the patrons and employees, it was still an
interesting time and we may have collected some evidence in the form of EVPs and
meter spikes. The meter spikes were the most puzzling and seemed to be very
close to where some employees had had there encounters in the past. I personally
did not feel or have any paranormal encounters while in the building.
you bang on that pipe.MPG – while conducting an EVP session in the attic, a
question was asked, and “Can you bang on that pipe again?” A Class A female
voice replies with, “No.”
– while conducting an EVP session in the attic, a question was asked, “Are
you from the era when this used to be a funeral home?” A response is heard
that cannot be made out.
floor bang again.MPG – while conducting an EVP session in the attic, a
question was asked, “Can you tell us your name?” Another bang is heard in
floor bang.MPG – while conducting an EVP session in the attic, a question was
asked, “Can you tell us why the girls are afraid to come up here by
themselves?” A bang in heard in
year is it.MPG – while conducting an EVP session in the attic, a question was
asked, “What year is it?” There is a whispered response in the background.
Conclusions: This location definitely needs a more formal investigation with more equipment and less contamination. It does show a lot of promise for potential paranormal evidence due to its past history and stories as well as the amount of encounters and evidence we collected during our short visit to the venue. I believe if we could garner permission to conduct another investigation after hours when the establishment is closed, the possibilities could be endless as to what we could potentially capture! I hope we can convince the manager to allow us a follow-up investigation after-hours.
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