Shortly after her great-grandmother passed away, Kendra and her family were at the home of the deceased. Kendra saw her great-grandmother's spirit standing outside the sliding glass door. She told Kendra that everything was o.k.; she was in a good place. While they were at the home Kendra's mother kept asking the group if they noticed the aroma in the air. It was the familiar smell of her grandmother, but nobody else could detect it. The family had gathered here on this day to commemorate their grandmother's birthday. Kendra's mother wished the spirit a happy birthday, and the smell immediately went away.
One calm, summer evening some of Kendra's brothers and their teenage friends congregated at their house near Burns, WY. Suddenly it became quite eerie, beginning with a loud BANG! The distinctive sound of the front door slamming was accompanied by the wind chimes on this otherwise still evening. The teenagers began searching for the source of this noise, looking both inside and out, only to find they were the only breathing souls anywhere near the house. Reentering the house, they noticed that one of the six portraits above the fireplace was missing. This was a photograph of Kendra's brother Sam. In the bedroom of one of her brothers they could see an unexplained shadow on the lower half of the bedroom door. Disturbed, they quickly left that room. Walking down the hall, towards the back of the home the curtain in the hall was blowing straight up in the air, coming down upon their heads. No windows were open in the house and there was no reason for the curtain to move at all. They began to back down to hall, ending their exploration in another bedroom. Here they found the missing portrait lain upon the bed.
At 3:00 in the morning they received a phone call that seemed to answer why these strange things happened. At the same time the disturbances happened at their home Kendra's brother Sam had been jumped by three hoodlums in town. They feel that Great-grandmother was trying to warn the family that Sam was in trouble and needed help.
Viva la Cheyenne! Arriving at The Tortilla Factory, we found there to be lots of parking in the back and the atmosphere inside to be warm and casual with plenty of seating. For those of you who aren't familiar with The Tortilla Factory they are located on South Greeley Highway across from Safeway on the East side of the highway. It is owned and operated by the Tapia family, with an American Dream success story. The Tapia family came from Zacatecas, Mexico with the hope of fulfilling their long time dream of opening their own business, and in Cheyenne they have definitely found success. They have been in business on south Greeley since 1997.
When entering the restaurant for lunch we were immediately asked for our drink orders and given a basket of homemade tortilla chips and salsa made from tomatoes and peppers roasted right there on the premises. It wasn't long until our orders arrived. We had the Smothered Chimichanga's and the Enchiladas Plate. The chimichanga was a large deep fried beef burrito smothered in mild green chili and great refried beans on the side. The Enchiladas plate was served with two enchiladas topped with lots of cheese, fresh lett uce and ripe tomatoes. The food was very good and reasonably priced.
Our server checked up on us frequently and refilled our drinks often. She was very courteous and friendly and served us with a warm smile.
In addition to their great Smothered Chimichangas and Enchiladas, they offer a variety of Mexican cuisine. They have some of the best tortillas and tamales in town. At The Tortilla Factory you can also get Steak Tacos, Carne Asada, Fajitas, Fried Tacos, Carnitas, Chili Rellenos, Green Chili, Quesadillas and awesome Nachos El Grande.
And, don't forget to check out the front of the restaurant where you can purchase many Mexican items to take home including their homemade tamales, tortillas, hot or mild green chili, Barbacoa served with Pico de Gallo, refried beans, Spanish rice and of course Menudo off ered with lime, onion, oregano and Chili.
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Jackson's has been a local sports hangout for over 30 years in Texas and Arizona. On October 18,
2007, Mike O'Donnell, Mylan Skala and Tim Francois opened Jackson's All-American Sports Grill at 1121 Old Town Lane in Cheyenne. They strive bring each customer the best in casual dining and sports entertainment. Jackson's boasts dozens of televisions to bring you your game from your seat. Included in their collection are 50" & 42" plasma screens to bring you the clearest, most high defi nition sports viewing experience anywhere. October 24, 2008, they celebrated their year anniversary. The band Seven Sundays played popular songs while the customer's danced and enjoyed Jackson's casual fare and drinks. "The back patio is very relaxing. With the fire going even when it's cold, you can sit outside and talk with friends" said patron Kim McGarvey. Everyone had a good time and the owners are looking forward to many more successful years. They thank the good people of Cheyenne for their support over the last year. Jackson's prides themselves in being Wyoming's premiere sports entertainment headquarters. Jackson's offers private parties, welcomes large groups and sports teams.
Check out their website for more information on hours, menus and private parties at jacksonsallamerican. com or call them at 307-637-9101. More information.
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