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Welcome to Friday. Beware the Ides of March.

  • 🌈 Here's a little Rainbow to start your weekend.

🌥️ That storm brought cool air. Today will be mostly cloudy and breezy; highs in the low 60s.

Today's newsletter is 752 words — a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: 9 restaurants you didn't know serve brunch

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

You don't have to go to a tried-and-true breakfast restaurant to get an awesome brunch around here. Here's where to level up your weekend mornings.

🦐 Cafe Rue Orleans — This Cajun spot stays true to itself with a Creole omelet and a breakfast po boy.

  • 10:30am-2pm Sunday at 1150 N. College Ave. in Fayetteville

🦀 Crabby's Seafood Bar & Grill — By night, you come for the surf and turf. By morning, you come for the crab cake benedict.

  • 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday at 1800 S. 52nd St. in Rogers

ğŸ¥ž Mirabella's Table — We're eyeing the lemon ricotta pancakes and omelet station.

  • 8am-1:30pm Saturday and 8am-3pm Sunday at 4200 S. 48th St., Suite 10, in Rogers

ğŸž Mockingbird Kitchen — This brioche French toast sounds like a decadent way to start the weekend.

  • 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday at 1466 N. College Ave. in Fayetteville

🌯 Table Mesa Bistro — It's breakfast six days a week at this Latin American restaurant with breakfast tacos or the chili relleno breakfast burrito. Sunday brunch is $22 per person with your pick of menu items like butternut squash enchiladas, biscuits and gravy, or fish tacos.

  • 8am-11pm Monday-Saturday and 9am-3pm Sunday at 110 East W. Central Ave. in Bentonville

🍝 Tavola Trattoria — Have an Italian brunch with carbonara, a poached egg and Italian sausage.

  • 10am-1pm Sunday at 108 S.E. A St. in Bentonville

🍗 Tusk & Trotter American Brasserie — Stop by for carrot cake waffles or a country breakfast with fried chicken.

  • 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday at 110 SE A St. in Bentonville

🍳 Xuma Kitchens — Start the day with huevos rancheros at this Mexican restaurant in downtown Fayetteville.

  • 11am-3pm Thursday-Sunday at 25 E. Center St. in Fayetteville

🌮 Yeyo's — This Mexican restaurant led by James Beard Award semifinalist Rafael Rios is known for its excellent tacos and nachos, but we know about the cinnamon rolls. The Eighth Street Market location in Bentonville serves up breakfast burritos and pancakes.

  • 10am-3pm Sunday at 801 SE 8th St., Suite 41, in Bentonville

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2. Where it is: Fayetteville's community art wall

Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

👋 Worth here. Sorry, but no one correctly ID'd the location of the photo we dropped Tuesday.

  • Several guessed it was at 8th Street Market in Bentonville.

Reality check: It was a close-up of a mural on an old pump house in Fayetteville at 691 W. Poplar Street, adjacent to the Razorback Regional Greenway.

Driving the news: The city approved the use of the defunct building as a community art wall last year. It's about halfway through a one-year pilot.

Do it yourself: Think you've got the artistic chops to top these?

Check out the rules.

A photo of a mural of letters painted on a brick wall.
Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios
A photo of a mural of a Razorback painted on a brick wall.
Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

3. Kitchen Sink: Faucets of news

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

💵 Lawmakers approved the state Department of Commerce's request to create two administrative positions — a director of Arkansas Workforce Connection and an assistant director of re-employment — with a projected total cost of about $400,000. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

  • The Legislative Council will review the request today and will have to approve it before the jobs are created.

📄 Arkansas' prison board will investigate how changes were made to a legal contract with Hall Booth Smith Law Firm without the knowledge of state procurement officials. (Arkansas Advocate)

💐 The Fayetteville Farmers Market will return to the downtown square on March 23. (Fayetteville Flyer)

4. Your weekend plans: New art exhibit

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Get out and about this weekend.

🦋 See an art exhibit — It's opening weekend of "Exquisite Creatures" at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The work explores nature and science and will be on display until April 29. Get tickets for $12, free for members.

  • Artist Christopher Marley will host a lecture at 6pm today. Get tickets for $30 for the general public or $25 for Crystal Bridges members.

🛍 Shop local — The Big Gay Market will have goods from LGBT makers, noon-6pm Saturday at the Fayetteville Town Center.

⚾️ Go to a game — The Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team opens Southeastern Conference play against Missouri at 6:30pm today, 2pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at Baum-Walker Stadium. Get tickets for $20-$65.

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5. Our Irish ancestry

☘️ Share of people reporting Irish ancestry
Data: U.S. Census; Chart: Axios Visuals

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, check out this map of how many people in the U.S. report having Irish ancestry.

Zoom in: Local rates of residents reporting Irish ancestry are 8% in Benton County and 9.5% in Washington County. Stone County has the state's highest rate at 21.4%.

6. ☘️ 1 photo to go: Be lucky

A leprechaun at the World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hot Springs in 2023. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

  • However you celebrate, please be careful this weekend.

Thanks to Fadel Allassan for editing and James Gilzow for copy editing this newsletter.

🍀 Alex is reminiscing about her trip to Ireland.

🤖 Worth is reading about putting AI brains in robots.