Cypress Social, the newest restaurant from JTJ Restaurants, LLC–the same group that currently owns and operates eight Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafes in Arkansas and three locations in Oklahoma, along with Petit & Keet Bar in Little Rock—is set to open on August 18 in the former Cock of the Walk space at 7103 Cock of the Walk Lane in North Little Rock.
“We have completely reimagined this iconic location. It has turned out beautifully and we can’t wait to share the experience with our guests,” says Jim Keet, chairman of JTJ Restaurants, LLC. “We’re looking forward to welcoming guests from Maumelle, central Arkansas, and the entire state to experience Cypress Social.”
Ownership hopes Cypress Social will become a destination restaurant and event center, and from what I saw today with a tour of the facility, they will soon get their wish. Cypress Social has a similar vibe, flow, and look as its sister restaurant, Petit & Keet, but with touches and finishes uniquely its own. This was evident by the reclaimed cypress wood along the walls that inspired the restaurant’s name. The main inside dining room seats 100 but flows into other areas, including a gorgeous bar and three-tier outdoor deck that overlooks a lake and fountain. There is even a parlor room, designed to be closed off (if need be) for small business meetings or wedding parties. Look closely, and you will notice the room’s hidden door which opens to a private bathroom for the bride.
In the end, Jim Keet and his crew spared no expense with this 330-seat restaurant. The total revamp took 18 months to complete with the help of designer Garry Mertins and Keet-O’Gary Construction, and is sure to be not only the crown jewel of North Little Rock but one of the most beautiful restaurants in Arkansas.
The menu, which was developed by Executive Chef Steve Binotti, has a nice mix of personalized Southern staples. The “Starters” section is highlighted by chargrilled oysters, fried green tomatoes, and Delta-style hot tamales, as well as a peppadew cheese dip. This is Arkansas, and you knew cheese dip would find its way onto the menu. As for the “Mains,” expect to see a nice mix of classics, with dishes like shrimp & grits, fried catfish (touted with a secret, 40-year-old recipe), Duroc pork chop, and the now popular Butcher’s Steak, a grilled, 8-ounce teres major cut. A burger is also on the menu, along with an alligator sausage sandwich, which I am eager to try. Cypress Social even has an in-house pastry chef on staff, a rarity in these parts, so save some room for Chef Sara Horton’s creations.
Need to Know
- Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
- Reservations are suggested. Call 501-916-2670 or book through OpenTable
- Private rooms are available throughout the space for meetings and social gatherings.
- The facility is also available for weddings and larger events which will be coordinated with an experienced event planner.