Calaboose Grille

176 Main Street
Owego, NY 13827
(607) 223-4522


Built over 100 years ago, what was once the Owego Town Jail is now home to the Calaboose Grille. “Calaboose” is a Cajun slang term for jail, so the restaurant maintains a unique quality and atmosphere. The current foundation was built by the prisoners at the time, an actual chain gang, who were made to work in the town stone yard when not housed here. Spooky occurrences at the restaurant include staff feeling they are being pushed from behind when on the second floor, glasses falling off empty tables, pictures ripped off walls – and one even flung 15 feet away from where it was hung. The Calaboose Grille provides quality food with great service and a unique atmosphere.

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Opportunities for visitors:

Investigations, ghost hunts and guided tours permitted by appointment. Visitors can dine in the very cells that housed the inmates! The restaurant itself utilizes and maintains much of the original architecture and detail unique to the jail.

Days/times of operation:

Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Investigations by appointment.

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