Apparently some owners of a Japanese restaurant have filed a lawsuit saying they don’t want to move into Church Street Station because it’s haunted, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Christopher and Yoko Chung were all set last year to move their popular sushi restaurant across the street into the building at 125 Church St., which once housed Lili Marlene’s Aviator’s Pub & Restaurant during Church Street Station’s tourism heyday in the 1980s.
But then they heard about the otherworldly tenants already occupying the space.
“There have been several documented reports from subcontractors and others of having seen ghosts or apparitions in the restaurant at night,” the Chungs’ attorney Lynn Franklin wrote to the building’s owner in November.
A subcontractor renovating the building told the Orlando Sentinel this year that workers removing a floor in the old building saw a ghostly bartender and two dancing girls reflected in a mirror late last year.
When the owners backed out of the lease, their landlord filed a $2.6 million lawsuit. The article claims they even attempted to bring in someone to do an exorcism, but that offer was rebuffed.
The ghosts are rumored to have come from the Strand Hotel, which sits on the floor above the restaurant, and was an unofficial brothel.
Visitors — San Martin included — claim to have heard crying from the spirits of the prostitutes’ illegitimate children, supposedly put to death to hide their well-to-do fathers’ indiscretions. Others claim to have seen a slender man in a black coat playing a piano or reflected in a mirror.
“Late at night, staff members and guests alike would hear the piano playing by itself,” San Martin said. When approached, the man would smile, nod and disappear.
Here’s the real kicker:
In addition to seeking $2.6 million to cover 10 years of rent and damages, the owners’ lawsuit asks a judge to decide whether there are ghosts in the building — and if there are, whether they would meddle in the operation of the Chungs’ sushi restaurant.
Yeah. Good luck proving in court that ghosts are haunting the building.