"We just wanted to just to start something fresh, something new," says Victoria Dunham Gaspar of the decision to re-vamp Pipa in favour of a new look, new menu and new name—The Brown Hound (named for an actual brown hound names Jones).
"Portuguese and Brazilian was a hard sell in Halifax," she says. "After four years we finally put nachos and a burger on the menu last summer and that's all we sold for weeks." But the Brown Hound, which she says has been in the works for a while, will keep some of Pipa's best parts intact—there'll still be salsa dancing on Fridays and Saturdays, you'll still find chicken piri piri, cheese bread and some of its popular fish dishes on the menu and the atrium will remain as is, ready for your weekend brunching.
But things will looks a little more rustic. And you'll also find more meat dishes than Pipa had, like a build your own spaghetti option (you choose the meatball and the sauce type) and an Argentinian Milanesa, as well as more pastas, fresh fish and an extended cocktail selection. "It gives us more room to play," says Dunham Gaspar, adding that there'll be frequently changing specials as well.
The brand new Brown Hound will be ready for you to sit, and stay, next week.