So there's good news and bad news.

The bad news is that, as the Arkansas Arts Center prepares to shutter its doors for massive renovations, Watercolor in the Park, the AAC's in-house restaurant, is preparing to close its doors permanently.

Watercolor was a project of JTJ Restaurants — the team behind Petit & Keet, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe and Paninis and Company — that took over the former Canvas space last fall. And although the new eatery was well-loved, the plan was always to close up shop with the AAC hiatus on Sunday, June 30.

"We are so fortunate that the amazing team at JTJ Restaurants came along at just the right moment for the Arts Center," said Laine Harber, interim executive director and CFO of the AAC. "They enabled us to continue to provide a wonderful amenity to our visitors, and thanks to their commitment to excellent food service, we made many new friends along the way."

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But we promised good news, so brace yourselves: Petit & Keet is taking over Watercolor's brunch menu.

The west Little Rock restaurant finally heard the cry of its people and will begin offering a full-service brunch on Sunday, July 14, complete with signature cocktails and chef specialties.

While Watercolor's menu included several dishes from Petit & Keet, its popular Sunday brunch options were a downtown-only venture, proving to be a time- and cost-effective way to try out items before launching them out west. 

"We are pleased to bring Petit & Keet’s brunch in-house," general manager Brent Lenners said. "The demand for brunch options in central Arkansas has grown over the last couple of years, and we are excited to add this new offering to our already impressive dinner and cocktail lineup."

Learn more about Petit & Keet at the restaurant's website and follow along on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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