The Press Gang, located in the heart of downtown Halifax, is one of the city’s oldest historic stone structures dating back to 1759.
Boasting a formal dining experience like no other in the city, The Press Gang features an extensive menu with a rich array of exquisite seafood, meat, game and poultry dishes to satisfy every palate. Enjoy a vast selection of fine wines and world-class cocktails.
For those in the mood for lighter fare, visit the famous Oyster Bar for casual drinks and other tantalizing appetizers.
Reservations recommended for the dining room and bar.
Jason Townes was born and raised in St. Stephen, New Brunswick and has worked as a chef for over 12 years.
Jason started his career as 1st Cook at The Fredericton Country Club while attending university for 2 years for science and 1 year for business. It was at that time when Jason realized that his true passion was cooking. Jason has been residing in Halifax for over 8 years. Prior to being Head Chef at The Press Gang, Jason was fortunate to apprentice under Chef Chris Velden for 3 years, a Master Chef from Germany. Jason’s career has also included the position as Executive Chef at Ryan Duffy's Steak and Seafood.
Jason joined The Press Gang as Sous Chef in August of 2012, expanding his culinary skills to the position of Head Chef as of June 2013. Most people would refer to his style as a French-Asian Fusion, but he is also a huge fan of big, bold Southern flavors.
“My goal is to continue and expand upon the great reputation of The Press Gang, while using fresh and local ingredients to provide the best possible culinary experience around.”
— Jason Townes, Head Chef for The Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Restaurant Manager — Milan Vechter
Hailing from Slovakia in Central Europe, restaurant manager Milan Vechter comes from a culture and lifestyle that truly appreciates the value of an enjoyable dining experience.
Graduating from the Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management Institute in his home country, one of the premiere schools for this discipline in Central Europe, Milan went on to work throughout Slovakia and Czech Republic; including providing food service to the Generals of the Slovak Army.
Following a brief time working the Cruise Line Industry in the United States, he returned to Europe to obtain additional knowledge on restaurant etiquette and developed skills from Old World service in Northwestern England, specializing in the silver service dining experience.
Arriving in Canada in 2006, Milan worked in the hotel industry for a few years and in April 2009, Milan joined the staff at The Press Gang and works diligently on ensuring his customers receive a genuine and truly enjoyable dining experience.
Assistant Manager — Saundra Heaslip
Saundra was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario where she started her career in the restaurant service industry.
Realizing her love of the East coast, Saundra moved to Halifax where she continued her chosen career path with The Grafton Connor Group. Since that time, Saundra has held positions at two of Halifax’s top restaurants: Fid and The Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar.
For the past ten consecutive years, Saundra has worked at The Press Gang and is currently Assistant Manager.
Saundra takes great pride in her work and strives to provide the best service possible on a consistent basis. She is a dedicated and accomplished professional in the industry.