California Dining -
Distillery Restaurant Photos - Blue Lady Ghost
Moss Beach, CA --Seldom one to shy away from a ghost sighting or report,
I had to check Moss Beach Distillery restaurant in Moss
Beach, California, a beautiful seaside town in
San Mateo County. I was spending the night in my newly-discovered
California coastal destination gem, Best Western at
Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, and was eager to explore the
surroundings. I'm not inclined to sense
things, and I saw no ghost, though I sat quietly hoping
something unusual would occur. As I gazed out the window
at sweeping views of the ocean, provided by Moss Beach
Distillery's majestic vantage point atop a cliff, the
sun descended in a grand finale. The views
at Moss Beach Distillery are absolutely spectacular, and
are available at every seat. There's an outdoor
deck that's extremely popular for socializing and
sunning in the afternoons, or grabbing a cool breeze
around a heat lamp at night.
Moss Beach Distillery, 140 Beach Way, Moss Beach, CA
Moss Beach Distillery is a California Historical Point
of Interest that was once a popular spot on the San
Mateo County coast for
rum running, bootlegging and
speakeasies. Speakeasies sold liquor illegally to
thirsty clients during the prohibition.
of the most successful and popular of these bars was
Frank's Place, perched on the cliffs at Moss Beach.
Frank Torres built the club in 1927, and it quickly
became the hideaway for celebrities, silent film stars
and politicians. Mystery writer Dashiell Hammett
frequented the place and used it as setting for one of
restaurant on a secluded beach was the perfect spot for
Canadians rum runners to perform their clandestine
operations under the cover of darkness and fog. Illegal
whisky was brought from ships to the beach, dragged up
the steep hill and whisked into awaiting vehicles for
transport to San Francisco located not far away. Some of
the booze generally found its way into the garage
beneath Frank's Place. Frank Torres used his political
and social connections to operate a highly successful
illegal business. Unlike other speakeasies along the
coast, Frank's Place was never raided.
the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 Frank Torres remained
in the food service business as one of the most
successful restaurateurs along San Mateo County's
coastside Frank's Place, now called The Moss Beach
Distillery, still retains its spectacular views and
secluded location above the ocean coves.
Distillery also retains one of Frank's former customers,
as well as its resident ghost. The Blue Lady still
haunts the premises trying to recapture the romance and
excitement of Frank's speakeasy years. The story of The
Blue Lady was documented by Unsolved Mysteries
television program and has been seen by millions of
people around the world.
Blue Lady ghost was named for the color of clothing she
used to wear when sneaking away to the restaurant to
meet her lover, a piano player at the Distillery bar.
While her husband and son kept the fire warm at home,
The Blue Lady was supposedly wrapped in passion and
madly in love with a man that she could not have. She
died in a car accident and some speculate that she's
searching for her lost love to this day.
Among the reported anomalies that lead staff to believe
there's a ghost are levitating checkbooks, locked rooms
from the inside without any means of entry and sightings
by small children, especially. Like most establishments
catering to tourists and local diners, the restaurant
owners assure that the few pranks that occur are
completely harmless, only lending to the ambience of
this special place.
enjoy not only the history and stunning views, but also
the food and drinks, Sunday Brunch ranks as one of the
top experiences along the coast. Cocktails, live music,
appetizers, an outdoor patio deck and indoor seating
make the restaurant a comfortable, delicious choice for
those staying in nearby Rockaway Beach at Pacifica or
Half Moon Bay.
on the menu include fish, chicken, steaks, pasta, soups,
salads, desserts and a variety of seasonal offerings.
For lunch, try a hearty burger or sandwich.