For the second year in a row Petit & Keet is reviving the menu from Jacques & Suzanne, one of the premier spots for fine dining in Little Rock in the ’70s and ’80s. Petit & Keet’s co-owner, Louis Petit, worked as a head waiter at Jacques and Suzanne before becoming part owner. The “coat and tie” restaurant was opened in 1975 by Swiss husband-wife restaurateurs Jacques and Suzanne Tritten and featured many European staff members (Petit is Belgian), formally attired waiters and two cut-glass chandeliers commissioned and built in Italy. It was located on the 30th floor of the First National Building (later the First Commercial building, now the Regions Bank building). Jacques and Suzanne won best overall restaurant in the very first edition of the Arkansas Times Readers Poll in 1981. It won the same award in 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1986.
According to the press release, Petit & Keet worked closely with the historic restaurant’s former chef and staff to recreate the menu last year. It was intended to be a one-night event celebrating Petit & Keet’s anniversary, but community demand transformed it into a four-night celebration that will continue on as annual event.
Reservations are required for the first two evenings, Wednesday, September 14th, and Thursday, September 15th, as we will serve only the Jacques and Suzanne menu.
Last year, both evenings were booked entirely within 24 hours of the announcement, so make your reservations ASAP! In addition, we will have a tasting menu throughout Saturday, September 17th, available to order along with our regular dining menu.For more information and to make reservations, please give us a call at 501-319-7675 or click the link below!
A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Jacques & Suzanne was located on the 13th floor of the First National Building.