There’s something spooky happening in East Aurora…
The History: Built in 1824, The Globe is the longest running business in East Aurora, operating in the same location for almost 200 years. At first, it was a general store, a stagecoach stop, and eventually a hotel and boarding house (with local celebrities such as Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland visiting on occasion). In recent years, it became a restaurant and bar and has remained a watering hole, popular among locals, offering good, cheap food and a warm, welcoming atmosphere right in the heart of East Aurora. Previously known as Tony Rome’s Globe Hotel, the establishment recently changed hands and is now being run by former pastry chef and East Aurora native, Molly Flynn as of January 2019.
The Haunting: Like so many bars and taverns, it seems as if spirits return to The Globe, looking for some frivolity in the afterlife. The upper floors are said to be the most haunted with the sound of a woman singing, a small child being seen, music playing from the third floor that was once a speakeasy, and a ball seen moving on its own. However, despite these impressive claims, it is the main floor of the bar that most people have reported seeing ghosts. Well, one ghost in particular: Old Vic. Victor Balthasar was the owner of The Globe until his death in 1975 and it seems he likes to hang out with the patrons in his beloved bar all these years later.
The Globe Restaurant is the longest running business in the village of East Aurora, and they haven’t forgotten where they came from. There is a classic old world feel with tin ceilings and wooden beams running across the ceiling and around the doors and windows. Stained glass pays homage to Tony Rome and antique photos line the walls. And if you’re lucky enough to gain access to the upper floors, that’s where things really get spooky. The floors are uneven and you can see remnants of its days as a hotel and boarding house including “George’s Room” and the communal bathroom. Stories abound of voices echoing through the upper floors and especially the basement. Workers’ tools will go missing and staff and customers will hear unexplained voices. When Molly Flynn, the current owner, is alone in the building, she always hears a woman humming or singing… a voice that also once haunted Victor Balthasar who now haunts the halls as well. There are even rumors of tunnels beneath the building that were supposed to be part of the Underground Railroad, but Molly denied those claims, saying that those stories were rumors spread by a previous owner and they’ve taken on a life of their own. Underground tunnels or not, the building talks to you, either through the spirits or through its own impressive and long-lasting history.
If you’re looking for a haunted restaurant to sit at and enjoy a delicious meal, but you find that you can’t afford the Roycroft Inn just down the road, then The Globe is the perfect place for you. It’s a dark, cozy bar, with a menu that has something for everyone. Classic salads, their famous rack of BBQ ribs and fish fry, chicken wings, French onion soup, and their unique (and cheap!!) lunch baskets. Prices are not bad with the most expensive thing on the lunch menu being the full rack of ribs costing $22.99 and the filet mignon medallions costing $28.99 at dinner. They also offer weekly specials where they offer “flashback” dishes from the previous owners as well as things that might be considered a bit more “daring” (think elk burgers and such). I ordered their French onion soup which is one of the things they’re known for. The cup size was small, but it packed a whole lot of flavor in just a spoonful (not to mention all that glorious cheese)! The fish fry was a generous portion and came with a side of cole slaw, macaroni salad, and your choice of potato. I decided to try their lunch basket for just $5.99 and ordered the Buffalo Chicken Slider. It ended up being just a chicken finger on a Hawaiian roll, but the bleu cheese was the best bleu cheese I’ve ever had, so I couldn’t be too upset about that. In hindsight, I wish I would have spent the extra money and ordered the elk burger, just to try something totally unique from anything I’ve had in Western New York. And don’t forget to save room for dessert! Like we mentioned before, Molly Flynn is a former pastry chef and makes many of the desserts herself. She created the 711 cookie (take note of the Globe’s address) which has chocolate chips, caramel chips, and pieces of heath… all that was missing was an ice cold glass of milk and it would have been perfection!
Type of Experience: Hotel and bar
Dining Style: Casual
Cuisine: Pub food and American cuisine
Price Range: $3.99-28.99
Phone Number: (716) 652-4221
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:00 am-11:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm-9:00 pm
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