JTJ Restaurants — the minds behind central Arkansas' Taziki's Mediterranean Cafés, Paninis & Company, Petit & Keet and Watercolor in the Park — have decided to add yet another item to their extensive resume. The company has purchased the Cock of the Walk location in North Little Rock, with plans to turn it into their catering center and event space. 

JTJ Restaurants saw a need for a destination-style setting in the heart of central Arkansas. The Cock of the Walk building turned out to be the perfect space for business gatherings, weddings and wedding receptions and private parties. 

"We have so many requests for a cool venue in Taziki’s, Petit & Keet, Paninis & Company and Watercolor that this venue will be perfect," says Jim Keet, chairman of JTJ Restaurants, Keet Management Company and KO Construction. "Easy to get to, only five minutes on I-430 to Cantrell, seven minutes to Rodney Parham, nine minutes to Chenal and 12 minutes to McCain Mall. Very exciting."

JTJ will begin major repairs such as roofing, electrical, plumbing, insulation and fire suppression systems to the building. Keet says most of the changes to the space will happen on the outside, including refurbishing the waterfall, beautifying the lake and upgrading to the parking lot. 

"We are moving our construction company into a portion of the space (KO Construction), while not disrupting the capacity of 300 for special events," Keet says. "We will do events from 50-300 people, hopefully by June 1 for wedding season. The interior is a very high-quality cypress and we want to maintain the charm of a more rustic setting."

As for the name, Keet says the "Cock of the Walk" name will not be staying. JTJ is in the midst of conducting a marketing survey for potential names, and Keet says they may even hold a contest with fun prizes that guests in all of JTJ's restaurants can compete in.