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When Sarah Tigrett first saw objects moving on their own inside her popular Berlin restaurant, Ramen-Ya, she thought she was going “a little crazy.”
But after reaching out to a paranormal investigation team recently, Tigrett learned her mind wasn’t playing tricks on her, but rather, she has a friendly ghost haunting the place named “Ben.”
Tigrett opened the Japanese restaurant at 1128 Farmington Ave. in Berlin in January 2017. Not long after opening, Tigrett noticed some unusual things, often between 1 and 4 a.m., and caught on surveillance cameras.
First, there were heavy bags of flour seemingly moving on their own. Then a mallet flew across the dining room and a pair of tongs rotated in the air and fell to the ground. Another time, doors were seen closing by themselves. But Tigett really became concerned when she saw what appeared to be a man’s legs, wearing work boots and standing behind some boxes, after closing up one night. She was convinced an intruder had gotten inside the building, but after searching the area, she realized the doors were still locked, and nobody could have gotten in.
That’s when Tigrett decided to enlist the help of CT Spirit Investigators & Researchers, who conducted a paranormal investigation at Ramen-Ya last month.
“At first I thought that maybe I was going crazy,” Tigretti said, noting the town’s fire marshal suggested she contact a paranormal team, after reviewing her videos. “I looked for a team that had a lot of experience and would also not try to make the spirit go away since he’s my friend.”
Rose Porto, founder and head investigator at CT Spirit, and her team spent the night at Ramen-Ya on Feb. 23 and when all the mist, shadowy figures and orbs cleared, determined the restaurant definitely is haunted.
“The owner, Sarah, contacted me, and she wanted confirmation her restaurant was haunted and wanted to know about who the ghost was,” said Porto.
Porto, who’s been investigating paranormal activity for more than 20 years, founded CT Spirit in 2003 to help people find answers and get help for unusual happenings in their homes or businesses, in an effort to educate and alleviate fears.
In the case of Ramen-Ya, Tigrett’s suspicions that she’s not alone, especially after hours, were confirmed by Porto’s team.
“During the investigation my team and I had numerous experiences,” Porto said “We saw a man’s shadow in the kitchen area, on several occasions; we caught flying energy balls of light, on our night video cameras; we got intelligent responses from (our ghost box) giving us the name “Ben” and confirming that he was a worker from the area.”
Porto said historical data shows at one time the area was alive with blacksmiths, farms and mills, where Ramen-Ya is situated. According to town records, the building was built in 1963 and several other businesses occupied the space, including a European deli.
“The spirit told us through our devices that he liked Sarah and was there to help her work,” Porto added. “We had asked the spirit to make our Rem-Pod (a ghost detecting device that radiates its own electromagnetic ring) to go off. At one point it was beeping for a full six minutes.”
Tigrett spent the night with the team, and couldn’t believe the amount of activity that occurred.
“Aside from the crazy amount of orbs that we were picking up on the cameras, we could actually see a mist manifest and block out a grid light system that was set up to see if anything materialized,” said Tigrett. “We also heard (Ben’s) voice. The part that made me think it was all real was when they used the spirit box and he was answering every question and stated that his name was the nickname we gave him in the restaurant, Ghost-Kun.”
Tigrett said Ben actually has been good for business, with a lot of regular customers inquiring about new sightings or events. Several customers have claimed to have witnessed weird things at Ramen-Ya, including a music box playing, feeling of being watched and a man’s figure. And since CT Spirit’s investigation, Tigrett no longer is fearful of the shadowy man hanging around.
“I personally like having him around and think he’s good luck,” she said.
Porto said she knows people can be skeptical about the paranormal, and she agrees that the unexplained should be left alone.
“But when people are being terrorized in their own homes, by something they cannot see, and children and pets are being physically hurt by unseen forces, they need people like us who will go into these places, and figure out how to help them take control and take back their lives and homes. … Not all hauntings are friendly, some are truly evil,” Porto said.
Porto’s team has investigated numerous homes, businesses and historical sites in Connecticut and along the East coast.
The team is planning a second investigation at Ramen-Ya on April 6.
A video taken by the team of a bag of flour appearing to move on its own at Ramen-Ya can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2UnfHFy.