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#PressLocal: Halifax Restaurant Takeover

Posted by admin on October 1, 2015
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“Halifax Restaurant Takeover is a organization dedicated to showcasing the best of east coast food, drink, and hospitality.”

Bret Dodson is the genius behind this pop-up style restaurant that puts the focus on creativity and passion for great food and amazing drinks. With over 14 years of experience in the industry, Bret was always looking for opportunities to be creative and try new things. What better way than to create an event that accomplishes just that?


“What separates us from other pop ups is that we have a different chef for each event, giving them the opportunity to design a menu that speaks on behalf of the chef’s vision and is only limited by his/her own creativity.”


With 3 sold-out events under his belt, held at Noble, Lion & Bright, The Armview, and The Other Bean; Halifax Restaurant Takeover has fulfilled the promise of a unique vibe and feel—not to mention taste.


One of the biggest contributing factors to its success is that Bret and his team seek out Sous Chefs who may not have previously had the chance to be in total control, so they have the opportunity to bring 100% of their own creativity to the menu. This functions as a springboard to challenge them to get inspired with an exciting and original menu. Bringing in locally sourced food is another one of the cornerstones to Bret’s objective, bringing outstanding food and Nova Scotia pride to the experience. Depending on the season it can bring a different set of challenges for his chefs—but it’s one they accept with open arms.


Because of the underground success of the events and a catalogue of sold-out shows, HRT hasn’t had to do a whole lot of advertising. So what’s the next step for Bret’s business? This could be an amazing way for businesses and corporations to up their game when hosting professional events. What better way to treat your customers and clients than a uniquely local and surprising dining experience! I’m sure the sales team at Press Realty would like to someday explore this possibility–so our sales team can be served by the best of the best!

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Interested in more info?

Contact Bret Dodson at:

  • halifaxrestauranttakeover{at}*
  • 902-229-5578

Or follow HRT on social media for updates on their next big event!


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