Haunted in the Heart of RVA: Restaurant Seeks Exorcist

by | Jan 16, 2018 | RICHMOND NEWS, WTF?!

A recent Craigslist post caught our eye with its unusual request—a restaurant in Richmond’s Fan District is on the hunt for an “exorcist.” Yes, you read that right. It seems this small local spot is dealing with what they’ve described as a “demonic attack,” and they’re calling on anyone with the chops for casting out otherworldly spirits to help them out.

The concept of exorcism, though it might seem a bit old-school, isn’t completely out of the picture in modern times. Remember the infamous case from the 1940s involving Roland Doe, a boy in Maryland? His story inspired the spine-tingling film The Exorcist in 1973. Fast forward to today, and it looks like those eerie vibes have drifted down to River City.

Saint Francis Borgia Performing an Exorcism. Painting by Goya

The restaurant’s ad paints a vivid picture: strange smells, ghostly appearances, sudden cold patches, and an overall eerie atmosphere. They’re pretty open-minded about who takes the job—they’re just looking for someone serious and dedicated, with a hint of experience in the supernatural. If that’s you, they’re ready to talk turkey (or whatever the compensation might be).

On a more esoteric note, if you’re diving into this ghost-busting adventure, you might be dealing with Azazel—a name you might recognize from ancient scripts as a fallen angel. He’s also tied to the “scapegoat” rite from ancient Judaism, where sins were symbolically placed on a goat sent off a cliff—quite the dramatic exit!

This whole situation could be seen as a metaphor for the challenges the restaurant faces—maybe it’s not just the spirits that need exorcising but perhaps those steep prices on the menu too. Either way, it sounds like an intriguing opportunity for anyone in the exorcism game, or just looking to spice up their resume.

RVA Staff

RVA Staff

Since 2005, the dedicated team at RVA Magazine, known as RVA Staff, has been delivering the cultural news that matters in Richmond, VA. This talented group of professionals is committed to keeping you informed about the events and happenings in the city.

more in community

Join the Mission: Becoming a Foster Parent in Richmond

Last month was Foster Care Awareness Month, so we reached out to Alexa Reitz, the Program Director of the Richmond Regional Center at UMFS (United Methodist Family Services) to get some insight into how this all works. The conversation shed light on the critical role...

Lewis Ginter’s New Vibe: Kyle Epps’ Artistry in Full Bloom

It’s been long-known that the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is Richmond’s horticultural Eden. You might even know Lewis Ginter was a notoriously generous philanthropist who established the eponymous park and The Jefferson Hotel. But if you go to the park this Summer,...

Wave That Flag! Richmond’s Pride 2024 Events Are Here to Slay

We are a little late on this but Virginia Pride has unveiled the schedule for its annual "Endless Summer of Pride" campaign, a celebration of the Richmond region's LGBTQ community. The campaign kicked off on May 31 with a pride flag-raising ceremony at City Hall,...

Can You Dig It? Richmond’s ‘Game of Shrooms’ is On!

This Saturday, June 8, you’re in for a quirky twist on your morning jaunt around Richmond. Prepare to encounter some wildly creative, fungus-fueled art installations as the 'Game of Shrooms' returns to sprinkle its spores around the globe—and right here in River City....

RVA 5X5: It Was The Dime Bridge Before It Cost A Nickel

The post last week on the history (and future) of the Mayo Bridge was a big hit; so this week we will look at the Boulevard Bridge (aka the Nickel Bridge) after reading an article in the Times-Dispatch that was followed by a photo collage of old photos from the...

Jordan Peterson is Coming to Town And Wants to Wrestle God 

ed. note: This is a Letter to The Editor and does not necessary reflect the views of RVA Magazine or its staff. Peterson gained prominence in 2016 when he refused to use gender-neutral pronouns to address one of his students. He was subsequently fired from the...

Will 385 People Come Watch ‘Clerks’ with Us at the Byrd?

“This job would be great if it wasn’t for the fucking customers.”  – Randal Graves, having to work at RST Video.  When we think of the word “hero” in cinema, what comes to mind? Sigourney Weaver as Lt. Ripley in Alien, Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, Humphrey...