Shalom Japan Begins Brunch Service; the Gander Hosts Happy Hour

• Soho's Chicane is set to launch its brunch menu this weekend. The French restaurant plans to serve brioche French toast, vegetable hash, and crab-cake Benedict. [Grub Street]

Vinegar Hill House concludes its chef series on April 10 with help from Four and Twenty Blackbirds. The event, "Meat Pies and Sweet Pies," includes all you can eat pies for $40. [Grub Street]

• On April 19, Shalom Japan also plans to launch weekend brunch service, with offerings like congee with pork belly and poached eggs, and pastrami omurice (an omelette wrapped in pastrami-fried rice). The restaurant will also be serving a Seder plate during Passover week with lamb ribs, Chawan mushi, and matzo-ball ramen. [Grub Street]

• Starting this afternoon, Lugo Caffe delivers the entirety of its Italian menu for the first time. Hours are Monday to Friday, noon to 9 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m. [Grub Street]

• Jesse Schenker's new restaurant, the Gander, invites guests to cocktail hour, held on weeknights between 5 and 7 p.m. Drink specials ($10 and $14 cocktails, $3 PBR) and menu items are available. [Grub Street]

Juni's new spring menu pays homage to the chef Shaun Hergatt's own history with dishes like beet tuile, a Sable Breton cookie with trout roe, and black bass with English pea shoots. [Grub Street]