Brass Is Polished
It's been open three years, but the Brass Monkey in Chester just celebrated a second grand opening to announce its revised menu, staff and management. Fried mac and cheese, half-pound burgers, crab cakes, fish and chips and other bar foods are available for lunch, dinner and late night. Cocktails are a specialty — ask about the Jeff Davis trash can and the Chester zoo. Craft and big-brand beers, sporting events, acoustic music and live bands, karaoke and the occasional scavenger hunt are on a weekly events schedule. And once a month, Elvis impersonator Randy Roe performs his act. Nancye Hunter is general manager; David Allen is owner. 12211 Jeff Davis Highway. 715-4699. brassmonkeysbar.com.
Reader alert: "Amazing" is how reader Lisa Britto describes the gluten-free menu at Baker's Crust in Carytown. Gluten-free breads and buns are used in sandwiches and burgers, and pizza crusts with rice and tapioca flours are cooked on a separate pan in the wood-fired oven. 3553 W. Cary St. 213-0800. bakerscrust.com.
'Twas the night: Mint Gastropub will be open for dinner from 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, owner Amy Ayers says. Reservations are suggested. mintrichmond.com.
New Year's at the Viceroy: Chef Ryan Baldwin presents a five-course, fixed-price dinner for New Year's Eve. Reservations are suggested for the $55 meal, which includes a glass of bubbly and creative menu items. 600 N. Sheppard St. 342-7696. viceroyrichmond.com.
Off duty: Al Dente, which was formerly the Phoenician at 4401 W. Broad St., announces it is closing for two weeks for the holidays.
Now serving: Pesce & Vino Ristorante Italiano is open in the Westbury Shopping Center next to Douglas Freeman High School. Pasta, seafood and steak are on the menu. Lunch and dinner daily at 8801-B Three Chopt Road. 303-2769.