Haunted Margaritas – Concord, New Hampshire - Gastro Obscura

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Haunted Margaritas

This location of a Mexican chain restaurant has a unique location: an old jail. 


All locations of Margaritas—the New England chain restaurant—offer chips, salsa, and, well, margaritas. But only one serves them to customers seated inside jail cells.

Before 1 Bicentennial Square in Concord was a Mexican restaurant, it housed the Concord Police Department. From 1890 to 1975, cops came and went, occasionally locking people under arrest in the building’s jail cells. Margaritas opted to keep the cells, placing tables inside and in the hallways. From the outside, the colorful restaurant signs clash with the cold stone of the old police building.

Despite the fun atmosphere, local legend holds that the restaurant is haunted by a spirit named George, and ghost hunters, including the Paranormal Research Society, have visited in search of spookiness and paranormal footage.

Know Before You Go

Check the hours before you go. Dogs are permitted on the patio, but there are no dogs in the jail cells.

Some visitors praise the jail-cell tables as good spots for private dates and dinners.

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