Cooper’s Hawk bringing wine-and-food tasting flights to Easton

Staff reporter- Business First
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is landing at Easton Town Center.

The Countryside, Ill.-based chain is scheduled to open this fall at the north end of the Columbus retail development near Nordstrom and Anthropologie, hoping to appeal to oenophiles as well as newbies.

“Sometimes it can be hard to go out and not know wine,” said spokeswoman Melanie Pierce. “That’s why it’s important to be able to provide samples, so customers can taste and learn.”

Cooper’s Hawk produces its wines – 47 are listed on its website, including selections of traditional reds, whites and sparkling wines, as well as sweet, fruit and holiday options. Pierce said grapes come from California, Washington state and Oregon, and production is undertaken at its Illinois winery.

The restaurant’s menu will be contemporary American with appetizers such as Southwest-style egg rolls and tenderloin sliders, beef, chicken and seafood entrees, steaks, burgers, salads and sandwiches.

“We create our dishes with our own wines in mind,” Pierce said.

Dishes will range from $10 to $30. In addition to the restaurant set-up, the 13,000-square-foot space will include a tasting room with tastings starting at $7 for as many as eight samples.

“It’s a neat way to kick off dinner or do a tasting before you go out,” Pierce said.

There will be plenty of space for dinner. The restaurant expects to seat 400.

Jen Kaufman, Cooper’s Hawk director of real estate, praised the Columbus’ restaurant scene and said Cooper’s Hawk was drawn to the city because it is near the company’s home base. Of the company’s eight restaurants, six operate in Illinois, one is in Indianapolis and the other is in Wisconsin. Columbus is one of four new openings expected by early 2013, a wave that will take the business into Missouri and Florida.

“Easton is one of the top projects in the country and provides great exposure to their tenants,” Kaufman wrote in an email to Columbus Business First.

The chain was founded in 2005 and projects $75 million in sales for 2012, including 150,000 cases of wine. The brand claims more than 200 wine competition awards.

Dan Eaton covers retail, restaurants, manufacturing, automotive and the advertising/PR industry for Business First.

After 13 Years, Yanni’s Closes in Arlington Heights

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — After serving upscale Mediterranean cuisine for 13 years in Arlington Heights, Yanni’s Greek restaurant shut its doors on Sunday.
Village officials say the restaurant, located at the corner of East Algonquin and Arlington Heights roads, was unable to weather the storm of a downturned economy long enough to experience the recent upswing in area restaurant business.
Yanni’s underwent a total renovation before opening in 1999, replacing the former Rusty Pelican seafood restaurant. The restaurant’s ownership switched hands more than once during its tenure.
New ownership took over the restaurant during late 2000s as the economy was at a high point, but the roughly 10,000-square-foot facility was difficult to keep full during the recession.
“The owners reportedly purchased the facility during the boom years, and their overhead costs were fairly significant,” said Arlington Heights Business and Development Coordinator John Melaniphy.
Arlington Heights restaurants generated about $157 million in sales in 2008, which was the largest sum since 1995, according to Melaniphy, but the next two years were rough on many businesses.
“Some operators could not hang on based upon the poor sales productivity that occurred in 2009 and 2010, and they just were unable to recover,” Melaniphy said.
The village hit its low point in 2009, along with the majority of the country, when total retail sales dropped to $977 million, according to Melaniphy. By 2011, total sales bounced back to $1.045 billion.
“We had declining hotel occupancy rates throughout the region and declining office occupancy rates, which reduce the daytime working population,” Melaniphy said. “Obviously, a lot of blood sweat and tears went into the operation; we’ve known for some time that there were some challenges.”
Of the approximately 200 restaurants in Arlington Heights, the losses of Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in 2011 and now Yanni’s were two of the largest closings. Pappadeaux’s 26,000-square-foot space, the largest in Arlington Heights, was remodeled and reopened by Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant in late November.
“Cooper’s Hawk was our largest success story,” Melaniphy said. “We feel that we’ve been very successful in our business attraction efforts.
Village officials said there are “serious discussions” with new restaurant operations that could soon fill the voids left by Max and Erma’s, 306 E. Rand Road, and Boston Blackie’s, 222 E. Algonquin Road.

Easton Town Center announces expansion

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Representatives from Easton Town Center announced expansion plans for the mall on Tuesday.

Co-developers Steiner + Associates and the Georgetown Co. announced plans to add more than 50,000 square feet for new tenants by the end of 2012. Plans also include the renovation of more than 150,000 square feet of existing space.

This expansion will include space for high-end retail stores like Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Tommy Bahama and Sephora.

Columbus-based T-shirt company, Homage, also plans to locate in the new space, 10TV News reported.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant and Brazilian Steakhouse also plan to join the more than 30 restaurants already located at Easton.

Yaromir Steiner, CEO of Steiner + Associates, said that he believes that the project is helping Easton grow.

“Our vision of Easton has been, and continues to be, to challenge ourselves to make it better every day,” Steiner said.

This year, Easton and its tenants are investing more than $20 million in renovations.

Representatives said that they wanted to update Brio Tuscan Grille, AMC Easton Town Center, Express and Victoria’s Secret.

Additional parking spaces are also planned to match the growth, officials said.

Adam Flatto, President of Georgetown Co., said that he was excited about the new plans.

“We are thrilled to be bringing these great additions to Easton,” Flatto said. “Our guests have come to expect best-in-class retailers and dining and outstanding experience upon every visit. These enhancements further amplify Easton’s position as central Ohio’s premier mixed-use destination.”

Easton Town Center drives in more than 22 million visitors annually, 10TV News reported.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Restaurant to Open in Westshore, Tampa

Tampa Bay wine aficiondoes rejoice: Chicago-based Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant will open its first Florida location in Tampa by early 2013.

Plans call for a move into an 11,229-square-foot space at MetWest International, MetLife’s 32-acre mixed-used development in Westshore. The eclectic winery and restaurant will hire approximately 125 new folks prior to opening its 12th location, the first outside of the Midwest.

A full-service restaurant offering contemporary American cuisine in a one-of-a-kind winery atmosphere, the Westshore Cooper’s Hawk location will also feature a Napa-style tasting room, wine club and retail shop.

“Each dish on our menu has been created with our proprietary wines in mind,” says Melanie Pierce, Cooper’s Hawk manager of marketing communications. “Florida is a long ways from California, but we have the ability to bring a taste of California Wine Country to Florida.”

According to Pierce, one of Cooper Hawk’s goals it to give guests a unique experience, capturing the romantic world of wine in an approachable manner. This allows customers to feel comfortable enough to ask questions, try samples and discover an appreciation for wine, including how best to pair up their favorites and new selections with food.

The new 400-seat Westshore location also will offer an expansive outdoor patio area overlooking a fountain.

“We wanted to take the leap outside of the Midwest and felt that Tampa was the right opportunity to do so,” Pierce says. “We fell in love with the Tampa community and this specific location in Westshore. From the building design to our amazing co-tenants, we feel like this is a great fit!”

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Melanie Pierce, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant

Easton Town Center expansion, Columbus, Ohio

A trailblazing town center is getting more space and a cosmetic update.

Easton Town Center (Columbus, Ohio) co-developers Steiner + Associates and The Georgetown Co. have announced that they will be adding more than 50,000 sq. ft. of new tenants this year and renovating more than 150,000 sq. ft. of existing space.

“Great projects evolve on purpose,” said Yaromir Steiner, CEO, Steiner. “Our vision for Easton has been, and continues to be, to challenge ourselves to make it better every day.”

The expansion brings in designers Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors; high-end retailers Tommy Bahama, Ann Taylor and Sephora; and introduces Columbus-based t-shirt store Homage to Easton Town Center shoppers. Wine bar and restaurant Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Brazilian steakhouse Texas de Brazil join Easton’s current restaurant roster of more than 30 eateries and 125 retailers, which drive more than 22 million visitors annually.

“We are thrilled to be bringing these great additions to Easton,” said Adam Flatto, president, Georgetown. “Our guests have come to expect best-in-class retailer and dining and outstanding experiences upon every visit. These enhancements further amplify Easton’s position as central Ohio’s premier mixed-use destination.”

Additionally, Easton and its tenants are investing more than $20 million in renovations this year. This 150,000-sq.-ft. project includes updates to Brio Tuscan Grille, AMC Easton Town Center 30, Express, and the Victoria’s Secret flagship store.

Finally, meeting the parking needs for this growth and expansion is a new $24 million, 1,050 space parking deck. The structure will be completed by early 2013.

Winery, restaurant to open first Florida location in Tampa

Tampa Bay Business Journal

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 1:06pm EDT

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will open its first Florida location at MetWest International in early 2013.

The restaurant and winery signed a lease for 11,229 square feet at the mixed-use development located in the Westshore area and is expected to create 125 new jobs, according to a written statement.

Tim McEnery founded Cooper’s Hawk in Orland Park, Ill.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant to Open First Florida Location at MetWest International

On June 19, 2012, in Commercial Real Estate, Retail, Automobiles & Restaurants, by Press Release

TAMPA, Fla., June 19, 2012– Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will open its first Florida location early next year at MetWest International.  The restaurant and winery has signed a lease for 11,229 square feet at MetLife’s mixed-use development in the Westshore area.


In addition to offering a new dining experience in Tampa, Cooper’s Hawk will bring an estimated 125 new jobs to the area. Employees will have the opportunity to advance through a training and development program that includes several levels of wine education. The training program eventually provides staff with the opportunity to become wine industry professionals.


The full-service restaurant serves eclectic, contemporary American cuisine in a unique winery atmosphere, complete with a tasting room, wine club and retail shop.  “We’re thrilled that Cooper’s Hawk is coming to MetWest,” said Kalyn Brandewie, Retail Leasing Broker for the development. “It will appeal to the many wine lovers in our area.”


Cooper’s Hawk was represented by broker Garrett Williams of SRS.  MetLife was represented by Kalyn Brandewie of Florida Retail Partners.


“MetLife is proud to welcome Cooper’s Hawk as the third new restaurant to MetWest International since the opening of the development,” stated Chuck Davis, regional director of MetLife’s Tampa real estate investment office.  “It will be an excellent complement to the project’s existing restaurants, Kona Grill and Texas de Brazil.”
Cooper’s Hawk was founded by Tim McEnery who, after years of working in restaurants and traveling to wine regions across the country, decided to combine his love of food and wine to launch this innovative winery and restaurant concept. “Our goal is to make it fun and easy for people to learn more about wine and food, try new flavors and expand their palates,” said McEnery. “We’ve brought together some of the best talents in winemaking and the culinary arts to create inventive, flavorful food and wine pairings. At the same time, we want to be approachable and affordable.” Cooper’s Hawk has earned over 130 wine awards in seven short years and was named “Hot Concept 2010” Winner by Nations Restaurant News.



About MetWest International

MetWest International is an award winning, mixed-use center being developed by MetLife. Located across from Tampa International Airport and International Plaza in the Westshore Business District, MetWest International includes One MetroCenter, the Gold LEED Certified MetWest One and MetWest Two.  A third office building will be started as demand dictates.  Two well known restaurants, Kona Grill and Texas de Brazil, also located their first Tampa locations in the project’s retail village.  When complete, the pedestrian-friendly, urban-oriented development will include:


  • Nearly one million square feet of Class A office space
  • 74,200 square foot retail village
  • 260 room full-service upscale hotel
  • 254 residential units


The project has received four Best of the Best NAIOP awards, including Outstanding Green Building/Project, Outstanding Office Building (MetWest One) and Outstanding Retail Building. Additionally, Taylor & Mathis was awarded Developer of the Year for their role in developing the mixed-use project.  Taylor & Mathis serves as the development manager for the project and handles office leasing and management responsibilities.



Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

An eclectic combination of winery, restaurants, and retail stores, Cooper’s Hawk is the brain-child of entrepreneur, Tim McEnery, who opened the first winery and restaurant in 2005. Operations have since expanded to eight locations, with three additional units to open in 2012.  Tampa, Fla., will be the twelfth location and first outside of the Midwest market.  The uniquely modern yet casual dining experience coupled with an exclusive and active wine club has led to projected revenues over $75 million for 2012.


Cooper’s Hawk has earned over 130 wine awards in seven short years and was named “Hot Concept 2010” Winner by Nations Restaurant News.  To learn more about Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants, visit



About MetLife

Through its Real Estate Investments department, MetLife oversees a well diversified real estate investment portfolio of over $57 billion, which is one of the largest in the U.S. and consists of real estate equities, commercial mortgages and agricultural mortgages. MetLife is a global leader in real estate investment and real estate asset management, with a vast network of regional offices that keep in close contact with the major real estate markets. MetLife’s real estate investment focus includes office, multi-family, industrial and retail properties. For more information, visit



About Florida Retail Partners, an X Team Partner

X Team partner Florida Retail Partners handles retail leasing for the project.  Founded in 1997, the company’s focus is tenant and landlord representation, sales and leasing on Florida’s West Coast and Central Florida.


X Team is an international alliance of retail real estate specialists with offices located in major cities throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. X Team partners average more than 20 years of industry experience, with expertise in major markets worldwide, specializing in tenant, property and developer/landlord representation, workout services, property dispositions and retail investments. X Team services include transaction negotiation, portfolio analysis, lease valuations, acquisitions, and asset assessment and valuation. For more information, please visit

NCH toasts to women’s health

Ladies, why not make your next girls night out both fun and informative by attending Northwest Community Healthcare’s (NCH) “To Your Health” event on June 27 at Cooper’s Hawk Winery in Arlington Heights. Gather your girlfriends and join NCH for a unique experience that blends together wine tastings and fun with women’s health education and informative physician presentations.

The free event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with an hour of wine tastings and information on spa treatments, lazy women’s yoga and other wellness topics. Exercise and beauty techniques will be demonstrated by NCH Wellness Center and Reflections Spa specialists. Also, a representative from Essential Bodywear will perform custom fittings to help women maximize comfort and support.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., physicians will answer your questions on women’s health topics like bladder health, robotic gynecologic surgery and menopause. On hand will be board-certified physicians Dr. Randall Kahan, OB/GYN; Dr. Michelle Luthringshausen, director of NCH’s Robotic Gynecologic Surgery Institute; and Dr. Lorraine Novas, OB/GYN.

Community education events, like “To Your Health,” are just one component of NCH’s comprehensive women’s health and wellness program that features three convenient locations for your annual mammogram, advanced diagnostic technologies, state-of-the-art treatment options, and leading experts in gynecological and breast care health.

To sign up for this free event and to learn more about women’s services at NCH, call HealthConnection at 847.618.4YOU (4968) or visit

Contact: NCH HealthConnection, 847.618.4YOU (4968)

Cooper’s Hawk Soars with Creative Cuisine, House-Made Wines

  Chef Jose Garza runs the kitchen at Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant in Arlington Heights. He previously worked at the South Barrington location.

Talk about making a good first impression. Before we were barely in the door at Cooper’s Hawk Winery, we had a glass in our hand. And things only got better from there.

As I’m told is customary, a server welcomed diners to the Arlington Heights restaurant, the newest of the eight spots in the Cooper’s Hawk nest, with a tray full of tasting-sized pours. White for me, a red for my redheaded friend, and we made our way through the crowded entry to the hostess stand.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery

798 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights (847) 981-0900,

Cuisine: Contemporary American with accent on house-made wines

Setting: Elegantly rustic

Entrees: $13.99 to $32.99

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

The doors open to a store where Cooper’s Hawk sells its wine, an array of wine accessories and prepared gourmet goods, as well as fresh pastries and wine-friendly chocolates. The room is flanked by two walk-up tasting bars where you can taste before you buy or sidle up for an official tasting ($7 to $12 for eight, 1-ounce pours). A well-appointed bar with high-topped tables provides a spot to wait for a table (if you opt to save your wine sampling for dinner) or order a casual meal after work.

Past the hostess stand, the restaurant opens up to a cavernous dining room rimmed with oak barrels and accented by stone, heavy woods and dark leather. The space is elegantly rustic and could almost be romantic if it weren’t for the noise of everyone else’s dinner conversation and clinking glasses.

Thankfully I had a reservation. It was relatively early, a bit after 6, on a recent Saturday and already the place buzzed with activity and hopeful diners were moving into the bar to settle in for a 45 minute-plus wait. Learn from my mistake and reserve early if you want to select your dining time. I wanted a table for 7 p.m. but when I called Thursday only 6:15 p.m. and earlier or 8:30 p.m. and later were available for Saturday evening.

We were ushered straight away to our table, a comfortable and roomy booth in the main room, and set about the task of figuring out meal plans as the server offered to bring us yet another tasting of the evening’s featured wine, a blended Barrel Reserve, which we eagerly accepted.

Don’t get too attached to anything on the menu until you hear the evening’s specials. Corporate chef Matt McMillin develops the menu and the specials for the growing chain, and those recipes were beautifully translated by chef Jose Garza. Garza knows the Cooper’s Hawk culinary traditions well, moving to the Arlington Heights kitchen after several years at the South Barrington perch.

The vast menu contains a dozen categories (including gluten-free and new healthier Life Balance items) and can be generalized as modern American — cuisine that draws heavily on the meat, seafood and pasta that we’ve grown up with accented by global flavors.

The appetizer menu is a perfect example of this with dishes including crabcakes served with Asian slaw, Tex-Mex-style egg rolls, Buffalo chicken flatbread and our selection, Thai lettuce wraps. The presentation was exceeded only by the taste: tender soy-glazed chicken with a colorful carrot and broccoli slaw, piquant cucumber and crispy won ton strips that we happily packed into delicate lettuce leaves. A trio of vibrant sauces are available for dipping, though we found it easier to just drizzle a bit over the filling before wrapping. The wraps were delicious and more than two women could put away before our soup and salads arrived.

Bisque is a Cooper’s Hawk signature for a reason; the flaky crab provides a nice taste and textural balance to the buttery lobster, sweet shrimp and velvety soup. The Caesar salad (also available as an entree size) was leveled up with the pesto-infused dressing and crisp Parmesan flatbread.

Entrees are just too many to count. We skipped over the pasta, seafood, burgers, sandwiches and chicken preparations and honed in on the meat. The Farm Grill includes a beef fillet, pork tenderloin and lamb chop. And while that sounds like a whole lot, the portions are approachable — not button-popping. The tenderloin came capped with blue cheese, the lamb with parmesan; both were very nice and cooked just the way I asked. The standout, however, was the pretzel-crusted pork brushed with a maple-mustard glaze that had me dreaming about the flavor combination days later. The beef tenderloin showed up on my dining partner’s plate as well, this time paired with an Asian-glazed grilled salmon fillet. The mashed potatoes that accompanied both dishes were rustic and well-seasoned, but I would have preferred more vegetables than the three asparagus spears that seemed more for decoration than consumption.

Despite our protein-packing we left room for dessert and went with the fan favorite, Banoffee Pie, a mashup of banana slices and creamy toffee in a graham cracker crust. Oh, and fresh whipped cream. Had we shared an entree, we probably would have had room for the berry crisp, or perhaps the Key lime pie, or maybe even an array of chocolate truffles (all of which are made in-house).

If it hasn’t become clear yet, don’t look for Santa Margherita or Coppola on the wine menu. All of Cooper’s Hawk’s wines are crafted by winemaker Rob Warren, who sources grapes from California, Washington and Oregon. The wines are blended and aged at a plant in Countryside and distributed to their Midwest restaurants.

Dozens of wines can be tasted before you commit to a bottle or even a glass. Beer and cocktails also are available.

Our dinner was well-paced but hit a bump when it came to the bread basket. We had heard about the awesome pretzel bread, but almost missed out on trying it for ourselves. Our entrees were delivered and we were just about to ask, when our server realized the gaff.

She didn’t miss a beat, however, when it came to telling us about the restaurant’s wine club membership that offers a wine-of-the-month and discounts on wine purchased with dinners. Dollars spent on meals also are rolled into points that build into free wine and other promotions.

Another nice touch was the “congratulations” chocolate wafer on our dessert. I mentioned we were celebrating my friend’s graduation and the manager, who wandered by the table earlier on his dining room rounds, comped our dessert, which made that already decadent treat, and the entire evening, for that matter, all that much sweeter.

• Restaurant reviews are based on one anonymous visit. The Daily Herald does not review restaurants it cannot recommend.

Cooper’s Hawk to open in Brookfield!page=2&pageSize=10&sort=newestfirst

By Doris Hajewski

The opening date for the new Cooper’s Hawk restaurant at Brookfield Square is June 27 in the former Claim Jumper space on the east side of the center.

I first wrote about Cooper’s Hawk in February. The new restaurant will feature a winery atmosphere, a tasting room and a retail shop.

Cooper’s Hawk’s main facility is in Countryside, Ill., where they make 125,000 cases of wine each year.

Claim Jumper closed in December, after the chain filed for bankruptcy.