The Resto Urban Dining eatery in Bedford has a long running history of being one of the more haunted restaurants in the HRM area. Before the current owners began operating the eatery it was known as The Cellar. Over the years the building has been investigated by different paranormal groups and was featured in the Canadian television show Creepy Canada. A common piece of information that was shared with us by staff at Resto Urban is that while they believe their building is haunted by several spirits, the main spirit that has remained there over the years is the spirit of a woman named Elizabeth. There are several different theories on who this woman was and why she remains on the property, with no easy answers regarding whether or not any of them are true.
In September of 2015 I was contacted by Bree Doubleday, an employee of Resto Urban Dining and a frequent contributor to discussions on our Facebook group Haunted Nova Scotia. Over the course of chatting with her she provided several different occasions when something had happened that she or other employees couldn't explain, and also informed me that the group who had investigated previously also recorded evidence during their investigation. I was given the contact information for the owner of the restaurant, who was eager to welcome us for an investigation. We set an investigation date for the evening of September 6 at 9:00 PM.
The first thing that I noticed upon arriving was how beautiful the building is. One of the owners as well as Bree and another staff member were very open and welcoming, and gave us a tour of the building as well as some of the paranormal history of the building. While the building felt warm and inviting, the basement areas definitely felt different. It is in these small rooms that members of the staff often feel uneasy and watched. We decided to split into two different groups, with various cameras recording in different parts of the building. One of the first cameras that I set up was an infrared camcorder in the basement, angled to cover the majority of the basement. It is this camcorder along with a Sony video camera that recorded most of the evidence throughout the evening.
The video clip below was shot in the basement area of the restaurant. You won't see very much due to the light being off but you will hear one of the investigators ask if the spirits were also upstairs in the dining area with the other group. At 0:20 seconds you will hear a gravelly voice come across our SB7 spirit box saying 'And You.'
After this video was recorded in the basement, we decided to switch rooms in the basement and move to a room that several people have felt uncomfortable in. As you can see from the video I had left the camera quite low as we were setting up for another EVP and ITC session. During each investigation we go on we introduce ourselves by name in the hopes of recording something calling our name during the investigation. At 0:07 seconds of the following video you hear the same voice come through our ITC device and call 'Stephanie.' Immediately after this you can hear her tell other investigators that she thought she had heard her name called.
As we continued investigating the building we were still getting relevant responses and evidence recorded on our devices. Towards the end of the evening I wanted to determine if there was indeed the spirit of a woman named Elizabeth in the building. Before we left the basement area for the night I began asking the spirits for a name. In the clip below I ask what letter their name started with and if her name was Elizabeth. At the 0:04 mark of the video you can hear a female voice call out 'yes' from our ITC device.
These are the main pieces of evidence that we received during our investigation at Resto Urban. Along with the evidence shown we continued to have odd occurrences happen all night. Our team firmly believe that the building is haunted, and we look forward to a chance to return to the restaurant for a second investigation. Thank you to the owners and staff for being such great company during the investigation!