Is Jim Morrison’s Ghost Haunting This Mexican Restaurant?
by Rev. Sinthyia
July 3rd 2011, marked the 40th anniversary of Jim Morrison’s death. Now that we have determined that Jim Morrison is not haunting his Paris grave (at least not in the famous ghost photograph), another sighting of the long dead Doors frontman has been reported. The Mexico Restaurant located at 8512 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood, has been open for business for about a year. From the 1960s up until Morrison’s death in a Paris bathtub, this vibrantly painted pink and red building was known as “The Doors Workshop.” The band had their office here, they slept here and recorded here.
What is now the restaurant bathroom, was the sound booth where Jim Morrison recorded “L.A Woman.” Designating this famous area is a framed display featuring the album cover, a gold record and the hand written lyrics of the 1970 classic rock tune.
The spirit of Jim Morrison can be felt here but is said to be much more than just the memorabilia that adorns the restaurant walls. According to the owner and staff, unexplainable things happen here, such as the lights turning on and off or the sound of the bathroom door handle turning.
Larry Nicola owner of the restaurant admits he is a huge fan of the Doors, claims to also sense the ghostly presence of Morrison.
His spirit is here for sure,” Nicola said. “The building moans and breathes and makes sounds I can’t explain. . .We had someone come in before we opened up, to do a ‘spiritual cleaning’ to try and put everything at peace, but in the end they told us, ‘Sorry, whatever is here is not leaving.’ . . .So we said, ‘Cool. It’s Jim’s place, too. We’re fine with that.’ I hear it from guests all the time, especially the serious Doors fans. They know he’s still here.”
Nicola’s daughter Michaela who works at the restaurant commented on what Morrison would think of the restaurant. “I think if he was still alive today in body, this would be the place that would serve Jim Morrison’s favorite margaritas. But we have Jim Morrison in spirit, and so we just have to be happy with that.”
True, but highly unlikely that the Lizard King would approve of his sound booth being used as the loo. Nonetheless, everybody knows that the ghost of the Lizard King means big business and major publicity just what every restaurant needs in this failing economy.