Mesilla, New Mexico: Stabbed Lovers Haunted RestaurantThe spirits of two tragic teenage lovers complement the menu in this restaurant in Old Mesilla. They were stabbed to death with sewing shears, and reportedly like to sit in the chairs.
- 2355 Calle De Guadalupe, Mesilla, NM
- Double Eagle. On the east side of the downtown plaza, just up the block from the Billy the Kid Gift Shop. I-10 exit 140, turn west onto Hwy 28, and follow the signs for the historic plaza.
- M-Sa 11 am - 10 pm, Su 11am - 9pm. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Stabbed Lovers Haunted Restaurant
This place is deceiving. Looks tiny from the outside but is expansive once inside. Lovers' death room looks like my grandmother's dining area. Men's room smelled incredibly good, which left me feeling awkward. Best Bloody Mary I've had, and I don't like that drink. Ghosts did not pick up the bill like I had hoped.[Mike, 05/04/2011]
This was a great stop on our way from Arizona to Texas and it introduced us to the wonderful historic Mesilla Plaza. The restaurant didn't really advertise or play up the murders and hauntings, but servers seemed to know when we asked (and there was some collateral in the "death room").
The restaurant is in a beautiful 19th century home (1840's, I think) and was a residence until the 1950's; then it was abandoned and even used as a cotton warehouse until restoration in the 70's and 80's. The decor and furnishings are absolutely amazing! Lunch was tasty, but I think the steaks may be reserved for dinner.[Laura, 03/20/2010]
The haunted Double Eagle Restaurant is a large adobe building located on the historic Mesilla plaza where the Gadsden Purchase was finalized when Mexico turned the land purchased over to the United States. It's listed on the National Historic Register and is a shock to enter. You are met with sparkling baccarat crystal chandeliers, beautiful antique art, sculptures, and paintings. The restaurant offers aged steaks from the only aging room in the state.
The kicker is the building is haunted by two teenage ghost lovers, a la Romeo and Juliet. This couple is named Armando and Inez, but the story is very familiar. Armando, scion of a wealthy family, and Inez one of many maids employed by the family fall in love. The romance is discovered by the very class conscious Mother, who quickly fires Inez and sends her from the house. Mother forbids Armando from seeing Inez but, do teenage boys listen to their mother? The whole village conspires to support the young lovers but, one unlucky day, Mother comes home early unexpectedly and finds Armando and Inez in Armando's bedroom. Mother is so outraged she grabs her sewing shears and stabs Inez to death. In the struggle, she stabs her own son, Armando. Armando dies three days later and -- according to the locals -- he dies not of his wounds but of a broken heart. But, the important thing is that he dies because now there are not one but two ghosts haunting the building.
The employees and some customers of the restaurant have tales to tell about their encounters with the ghosts of Armando and Inez. Most telling are the ghost chairs located in the bedroom where both deaths occurred, which is today a small dining room named after the Empress Carlotta of Mexico. These ghost chairs show signs of wear, although sitting in them is forbidden.[Jerry Harrell, 06/24/2006]
We'll have our steaks in the Stabbing Room, please.