By Courtney Dowling, Insight Magazine
Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant will bring a multi-faceted winery experience to the Waterford Lakes Town Center on April 28, and will also be looking to hire 130 employees to join their team of wine-connoisseurs.
The winery and restaurant will include a full-service restaurant alongside a tasting room component, giving visitors a chance to sample Cooper Hawk’s award-winning wines in a traditional winery setting.
The first Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant opened up in 2005 in Orland Park, Illinois. Owners Tim and Dana McEnery wanted to introduce the state to its first and only winery/restaurant under one roof. Since 2005, they have opened 14 locations, making the Waterford Lakes Town Center their 15th location nationwide.
“As I traveled, I never really found any wineries that also had a full-service restaurant component, so it became my dream to open one,” says Tim McEnery.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant picked the Waterford Lakes Town Center because they felt confident their business would flourish because of the quality and the mix of the tenants in the shopping center.
“Waterford Lakes Town Center is very good for us because it brings in all of the people that we know are potential guests for our restaurant,” says Ron Dee, vice president of development for Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants.
The winery and restaurant is expected to finish construction on April 10 of this year, with new employees expected to begin training shortly after.
“We will do an extensive 17-day training program,” says Dee. “It is very important that we hire people who have an interest in wine, and want to learn about wine. More importantly, we are looking for people who have passion for service.”
Since Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant has opened, they have received over 200 awards from various local, national and international wine competitions. When dining in, a modern, casual dining experience can be expected. Their menus feature unique dishes with bin numbers listed next to each item on the menu so that guests can have the perfect wine match with their food.
“We are very excited to bring this restaurant to a new city,” says Dee. “We are very excited to open this location, and to share our concept with the folks who live in Orlando.”