Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant Opening In Waterford Lakes Town Center on April 28

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant location in Town and Country, Missouri.

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.

Interior of Cooper’s Town and Country location.

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.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants immerse patrons in a dining experience that brings the vineyard close to home. Interior of Cooper’s Cincinnati location.

“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.”

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants Opening 1st Orlando Location at Waterford Lakes Town Center

Two Locations Planned for Orlando!
Central Florida Top 5 Blog

We will be back with more details on the other location soon! (shhhh it’s on International Drive we hear!)

Orlando’s first Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants will open on Monday, April 28 at 529 N. Alafaya Trail in the Waterford Lakes Town Center. The 10,314-square-foot restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor seating, with occupancy for more than 330 guests. The location will be the second in Florida, and the first of two restaurants to open in the Orlando market this year.

Wine lovers Tim and Dana McEnery opened the first Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant in 2005 in Orland Park. The operation also includes a tasting room component at all of its restaurants which gives visitors the chance to sample Cooper’s Hawk’s award-winning proprietal wines in a traditional winery setting alongside a full-service restaurant with a broad, contemporary American cuisine menu.  This natural coupling reflects Tim McEnery’s dual passions for food and wine, having worked in restaurants since his youth, and later, his frequent travels to California’s wine country, as well as other wine regions in the United States.

The restaurant and tasting room open daily at 11 a.m., and are open until 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and close at 9 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are recommended. The bar has extended hours, closing at 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 11 p.m. on Sunday.

The Waterford Lakes location marks the fifteenth Cooper’s Hawk restaurant in the country, and is one of five units slated to open through early 2015. Orlando’s second location will open on International Drive in fall 2014. For more information about Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, visit

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant opening in Waterford Lakes Town Center

Orlando location to open April 28

By , WESH Channel 2

ORLANDO, Fla. —Wine lovers rejoice, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is opening an Orlando location in the Waterford Lakes Town Center on April 28.

The casual dining restaurant chain is known for its broad, contemporary American cuisine menu and its own handcrafted wines, which are paired on the menu for guests. Cooper Hawk officials said placing the bin number of the wine next to the culinary option guides diners to a perfect match.

Images: Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The company has received more than 200 wine awards from various wine competitions, including the Chairman’s Best of Class for the restaurant’s Shiraz at the 2013 Long Beach Grand Cru International Wine Competition.

The North Alafaya Trail location will be 10,314 square feet and feature a restaurant, outdoor seating, bar and a tasting room. Each Cooper Hawk location has a tasting room so guests can sample the restaurant’s award-winning wines in a traditional setting.

The Waterford Lakes location is one of two restaurants owners expect to open in Orlando this year.

The restaurant and tasting room open at 11 a.m., and are open until 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and close at 9 p.m. Sunday. The bar has extended hours, closing at 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 p.m. Sunday.

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Cooper’s Hawk announces opening date in Waterford Lakes

Sara K. Clarke
Orlando Sentinel

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant has set an opening date for its new location at Waterford Lakes Town Center.

The eatery will debut April 28 at 529 N. Alafaya Trail.  It is the first of two Cooper’s Hawk locations to open in the Orlando area, with the second coming to International Drive this fall.

The menu features dishes with bin numbers next to each item, a set-up that guides guests to their selection’s “perfect wine match,” the company said.

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2 new restaurant concepts to debut in Waterford Lakes in April

Web Producer- Orlando Business Journal
Two new restaurants plan to make their Central Florida debut in April at the Waterford Lakes Town Center in east Orlando.First up is Fresh to Order, which plans to open the doors to its first Central Florida location on April 7 in the east Orlando shopping/dinning/entertainment center.

The Atlanta-based restaurant concept, which was named among the Nation’s Restaurant News’ Hot Concepts for 2013, is a niche described as “fresh-fine” dining because of quality food at fast-casual prices. It took over the former Papa Gio’s pizza parlor next to Best Buy.

New restaurant openings not only bring more dining options to the area, but create opportunities for local suppliers as well as temporary construction and permanent jobs.

Meanwhile, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants on April 28 will open its first Orlando location. The 10,320-square-foot, upscale-casual restaurant — only the second location in the Sunshine State — will seat more than 330 diners and feature indoor and outdoor seating.

The Cooper’s Hawk in Waterford is the first of the chain’s two restaurants slated to open in the Orlando market this year. The second Central Florida location will open in fall 2014 on International Drive, as part of the $200 million I-Shops project.

Cooper’s Hawk coming to Oak Lawn

Crain’s Blog – On Diningby Jan Parr

Cooper’s Hawk founder Tim McEnery

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is planning to open a location in suburban Oak Lawn in early 2015. The 10,000- square-foot space will be part of the Stony Creek Promenade, located on Cicero Avenue and 111th Street.

It will be the Countryside-based company’s eighth Illinois location and its 20th nationwide. It has outlets in Arlington Heights, Burr Ridge, Naperville, South Barrington, Wheeling, Indianapolis and Brookfield, Wis.

The full-service restaurant serves American food in a winery atmosphere, with a Napa-style tasting room, wine club and retail shop. Cooper’s Hawk will bring an estimated 150 new jobs to the area, the company said in a release.

Founded by south suburban native Tim McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk first opened its doors in Orland Park, some 10 miles south of Oak Lawn, in 2005.

“We have often had guests in our Orland Park location mention that Oak Lawn would be a great area for a Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant,” said Ron Dee, senior vice president of development at Cooper’s Hawk, in a release. “We researched the market and discovered that over 390,000 people live in the area with limited full-service dining options in the market. When Hamilton Partners approached us to be part of a brand-new retail center including a new Mariano’s supermarket, we knew the synergy of our two brands would be a winning combination.”

Mr. McEnery Cooper’s Hawk told Crain’s in 2011 it hoped to open an outlet in River North; that restaurant never materialized. The company’s website indicates a Springfield location is in the works.

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Oak Lawn Signs Cooper’s Hawk at Stony Creek Promenade

Upscale, casual dining restaurant said Mariano’s was a big draw in coming to 111th Street and Cicero Avenue development in Oak Lawn.
By Lorraine Swanson

Not only is Mariano’s Fresh Market still coming but one of the hottest restaurateurs has signed on at the Stony Creek Promenade development at 111th Street and Cicero Avenue.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants will lease the 10,000-square-foot space at the development, bringing its famous eclectic, contemporary American cuisine and Napa-style tasting rooms to Oak Lawn.

The lease is contingent on the Oak Lawn Village Board approving a modification to the village liquor code at Tuesday’s board meeting, adding a new classification for a winery. The modification is expected to receive unanimous board support.

Founded by south suburban native Tim McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk has earned over 200 wine awards and was named “Breakout Brand 2013” and “Hot Concept 2010” Winner by Nation’s Restaurant News. Most recently, Cooper’s Hawk was selected as MenuMasters Winner in the category of “Menu Trendsetter” and was ranked the eighth fastest-growing Chicago company by Crain’s Chicago Business for 2013.

The Countryside-based restaurant company expects to open the Oak Lawn location–it’s eighth in Illinois, and twentieth in the nation–in early 2015, the same time Mariano’s is projected to open. The upscale, casual dining restaurant will bring an estimated 150 jobs to the area.

Cooper’s Hawk is known for its sophisticated signature dishes designed to pair perfectly with wine made in its private winery. Each Cooper’s Hawk location features an upscale casual dining restaurant, full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, Napa-style tasting room and retail gift store, according to the company’s website.

Like its sister locale in Orland Park, the Oak Lawn Cooper’s Hawk will feature a distinctive layout and decor, including outdoor dining by the development’s planned water feature.

McEnery and his team are known for taking highly calculated risks and their meticulous due diligence before entering new markets since opening the original Cooper’s Hawk in Orland Park in 2005.

The company’s research revealed that 390,000 people live in the immediate area, but with few upscale dining options, aside from such homegrown legends as Palermo’s on 95th. Cooper’s Hawk’s interest was piqued when approached by Hamilton Partners, the developer of Stony Creek Promenade.

“We have often had guests in our Orland Park location mention that Oak Lawn would be a great area for a Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant,” Ron Dee, senior vice president of development at Cooper’s Hawk, said in a news release. “When Hamilton Partners approached us to be part of a brand new retail center including a new Mariano’s supermarket, we knew the synergy of our two brands would be a winning combination.”

Dee also praised Mayor Bury and the village’s business development team for being “supportive every step of the way.”

The mayor was equally delighted that Cooper’s Hawk was coming to Oak Lawn, delivering on the village’s promise to bring an upscale dining establishment to the 111th Street and Cicero Avenue development.

“Coopers Hawk Winery and Restaurant will be a perfect fit in our community and at Stony Creek Promenade.” Bury said. “I know area residents will really love being able to enjoy their excellent food and wine right in the neighborhood, and I love their plans for outdoor dining near the water feature. This is a great win for Oak Lawn.”

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40 Rising Restaurant Stars Under 40

FSR Magazine

Tim McEnery
Age 37
Founder and CEO, Cooper’s Hawk

Nearly nine years after Tim McEnery founded Cooper’s Hawk in suburban Chicago, his upscale casual restaurant that combines a working winery and tasting room with specialty food and gift items continues making industry headway.

In 2014, Cooper’s Hawk will open four new units, raising its nationwide restaurant count to 18 and giving the Countryside, Illinois–based company new opportunity to create loyal fans.

It is, however, just the beginning for the award-winning concept, which McEnery describes as the brewpub idea brought to wine.

“As I look at the company today, we’re nowhere near what I see as our full potential,” the father of two says. “The biggest challenge will be to continually innovate at a level that equals the growth of the company.”

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The Art Institute of Chicago’s Uncorked: A Case for Wine Event

Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Splash
BY Katerina Bizios

On Feb. 22, more than 300 guests poured their philanthropic energy into the Art Institute of Chicago, turning out to The Casino (195 E. Delaware) for the fifth annual Uncorked: A Case for Wine. Hosted by the museum’s Auxiliary Board and co-chairs Frank Ponterio, Lauren Grundhofer Peterson and Phoebe DePree, the vino-centric gala welcomed guests with glasses of Cooper’s Hawk sparkling wine, followed by an array of wine-tasting stations featuring blends from Terlato Wines International, Wines of Brasil, Carnaval, Aurora and Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. The wine flowed through dinner, too, as Buehler wines accompanied the

meal and guests participated in live and silent auctions that included hot-ticket items such as rare bottles and Napa tastings and winery tours. The event “crushed it,” raising more

than $175,000 to support the Auxiliary Board and the Institute’s special exhibits.

The Sun-Times was the media sponsor of this event. The Sun-Times Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust will match every dollar donated to the Art Institute of Chicago up to a total of $5,000. Up to $1,000 can be matched per donation.

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Cincinnati’s Hottest Tables

Cincinnati Business Courier
Tom Demeropolis, reporter


OpenTable offers online reservations for 107 Cincinnati restaurants. These are the 10 most-booked spots, as of February. Note: Many restaurants, especially in Over-the-Rhine, don’t take reservations. For the full story on Cincinnati becoming a mecca for foodies, click here.

1. Nada
600 Walnut St., Cincinnati, 45202

2. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
8080 Montgomery Road, Sycamore Township, 45236

3. Seasons 52
3819 Edwards Road, Norwood, 45209

4. Sotto
118 E. Sixth St., Cincinnati, 45202

5. Maggiano’s
7875 Montgomery Road, Sycamore Township, 45236

6. Via Vite
520 Vine St., Cincinnati, 45202

7. Moerlein Lager House
115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, …

Demeropolis covers retail, restaurants and technology.

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