• Mr. Speaker, located just off the railroad tracks in Old Town Spring, Texas, sits a quaint café. But this is no ordinary joint. The Wunsche Brothers Café and Saloon has been around since 1902. The café fries up great American classics like burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken-fried steak, basically all the makings for a post-lunch nap.
  • It originally opened its doors as a hotel and saloon, but the café has stayed in business for over 100 years.
  • Wunsche Café has morphed into a community icon and is somewhat of a local legend. It even attracts out-of-towners, why? Because it's haunted.
  • It's said that the original owner, Charlie Wunsche, roams the restaurant, pranking workers. A little mischievous, but good natured, the spirit of Charlie hides items, messes with electronics and employees and is even said to have been spotted.
  • Charlie, I'm sure, is just watching over his business, wanting to make sure it serves its customers well, who can blame him?
  • Sadly the century old café suffered a mishap recently. The newest addition to the Wunsche Brother's Café burst into flames in the early morning hours. The flames engulfed the café, however thankfully there were no injuries reported.
  • But here is where the story gets interesting, or maybe a little spooky, the original wooden, 1900's structure only sustained smoke damage (that's the part that is haunted). The new additions, put into place around the mid 80's, suffered the most destruction. The historic foundation still stands strong, showing the community that amongst the piles of soot and insulation, there is hope.
  • The café's new owner, Nathan Lavaige, has remained firm in his promise that they will rebuild. It will keep on standing, making delicious meals for Texans and tourists from all over. Haunted or not, someone was watching over the café in those early morning hours. I am more inclined to think it was Charlie, but we will never know.
  • Thanks to the Wunsche Brothers Café for 113 years of serving up comfort food to hungry customers and here's to the next 113 years. Best wishes in the rebuild. The Houston community cannot wait until the café reopens.
  • And that's just the way it is.