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.

NCH toasts to women’s health

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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 nch.org/toyourhealth.

Contact: NCH HealthConnection, 847.618.4YOU (4968)

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

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  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, coopershawkwinery.com

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.

Wine Rules, but Food Holds Its Own at Cooper’s Hawk

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Drunken Mexican Shrimp served at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant in Arlington Heights.

By ELIZABETH SCHIELE

With weekend table waits up to two hours, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant in Arlington Heights has already become a destination restaurant for its wine, food and ambiance.

Open since late November, Cooper’s Hawk remodeled the 26,000-square-foot former site of Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Arlington Heights, joining two other area locations in Wheeling and South Barrington.

The Cooper’s Hawk concept includes four distinct components where guests can stop by for a meal, a glass of wine, a tasting in the tasting bar, or to buy a gift for a special occasion.

Unlike many other restaurants, the front doors here open into a retail gift store with a wine tasting bar where guests can enjoy one complimentary tasting of a signature Cooper’s Hawk wine or for $7-$12, tastings of up to eight wines either white, red, sparkling, fruit and or a meritage. Next, guests can step into an upbeat bar area and casual dining room filled with lots of chatter, music and comfort food.

Room for all

The Arlington Heights location is the largest yet, seating up to 800 guests on three floors, in a large, main dining room plus three private rooms including the upstairs loft. The ambiance is lodge-like, with an angled wood-slat ceiling accented by heavy, wagon-wheel chandeliers and exposed white stone walls all facing a row of large wine barrels setting the winery ambiance.

Using grapes from Michigan, Washington, Oregon and California, Cooper’s Hawk makes its signature wines locally in Countryside. Young grapes are used so many wine selections are fragrant, light and fruity, and all reds are decanted tableside. The wine pours are generous, at 7 ounces, with affordable price points of $6.25 to $9 per glass, and a selection of 35 wines by the glass. Tasting is encouraged and wine and food pairings are recommended throughout the menu.

Chef recommendations include chicken pot stickers, a blend of chicken, ginger, cabbage, sesame and soy, the ahi tuna tacos of mini white corn tortillas filled with citrus slaw, sriracha cream, avocado, cilantro and wasabi cream, a caprese flatbread, a selection of artisan cheeses, a creamy crab and lobster bisque and a chopped wedge salad.

Known for their USDA Angus, half-pound burgers, the chef recommendation here is the Zin burger, braised with zinfandel sweet onions and topped with gruyere cheese, garlic mayo, shredded lettuce and tomato.

Other favorites are the crispy parmesan chicken sandwich to a honey smoked turkey and brie. Pastas, chicken giardiniera to pork and beef specialties including the slow-roasted red wine and mustard short ribs round out the menu.

Seafood selections are a good choice here as well and surprisingly fresh, particularly a recent tasting of a cashew-encrusted walleye accented with an orange basil sauce, served with strips of asparagus and creamy mashed potatoes.

Warm welcome

A bonus for all: Warm, salty and satisfying pretzel bread with creamy butter arrives shortly after you are seated.

And save room for dessert, from chocolate truffles or chocolate-covered strawberries that arrive with the kids meals to a banana caramel ice cream sandwich. Entrees average $9.99 for burgers and sandwiches to $24.99 for seafood and steaks.

With the crowds, expect to wait and be patient with your server, who may spend a little more time with couples enjoying a wine-filled night out rather than families. But Cooper’s Hawk is an excellent destination for a date night or girls night out, even if it’s just for a $7 wine tasting.

Also worth checking out is the wine-of-the-month club that starts at $18.99 and allows members to collect points toward future dining and purchases. Plus the retail store offers some crafty ideas for wine carrying to such picnic destinations as Ravinia or parties, along with unique wine gift items, jams, dips, teas and more.

2 Women Stuff Purses with Stolen Goods, and More

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By Michelle Stoffel

The following was taken from Arlington Heights Police records on Dec. 28.

Retail theft

  • Two women were arrested at 8:24 p.m. Dec. 23 and charged with retail theft for allegedly putting items from Kohl’s, 800 W. Dundee Road, into their purses and leaving without paying. A 21-year-old Schaumburg woman allegedly stole an Usher fragrance, a Sean John I Am King fragrance, an Apartment Nine purse and a Candie’s Zebra bra — valued together at $159.40. A 25-year-old Wheeling woman allegedly stole a Nautica Blue fragrance, Kenneth Cole Black fragrance, an Adidas jacket and Disney watch — valued together at $169.99. Both women are due in court Feb. 6.
  • Three shoe boxes containing Vans and Bear Paw boots were stolen from Shoe Carnival, 430 E. Rand Road, at 9:36 a.m. Dec. 24. Two men were seen taking the boxes.

Theft

  • A black leather purse and wallet — valued together at $290 and containing two cell phones, credit and debit cards and about $25 cash — were stolen from a shopping cart at Jewel, 440 E. Rand Road, between 1:45 and 2 p.m. Dec. 24.

Vehicle burglary

  • Two vehicles parked next to each other at Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant, 798 W. Algonquin Road, were burglarized between 5:45 and 10 p.m. Dec. 22. A black backpack — valued at $20 and containing a cell phone, valued at $25, and a passport — were stolen from a silver 2009 Ford Fusion. The front passenger side window shattered. A backpack containing an HP laptop, Kindle — valued at $135 — and some paperwork was stolen from a 2004 Toyota Sienna van. The side window was shattered.
  • A backpack containing a Nikon SLR digital camera, two Nikon telescopic lenses and a cleaning kit — valued together at about $1,400 — was stolen from a brown 2007 Ford Explorer parked at Fox and Hound, 910 W. Dundee Road, between 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 26. The driver’s side window was shattered.
  • A black roller bag containing two college textbooks — valued at $100 — was stolen from a brown 2011 Honda CR-V parked at the Arlington Lanes lot, 3435 N. Kennicott Avenue, between 7 and 9:10 p.m. Dec. 26. The passenger side window was shattered, and damage is estimated at between $150 and $200.

Theft of motor vehicle parts

  • A catalytic converter, valued at $500, was stolen from a 2005 Honda Element parked at an office building lot, 95 W. Algonquin Road, between 1 and 5:04 p.m. Dec. 22.
  • The spare tire support system, including the spare tire — valued at $1,150 — was stolen from a silver 2007 Toyota Sequoia parked in a driveway on the 1500 block of North Lincoln Court. The theft was discovered Dec. 27, but may have occurred earlier at 3:30 a.m. Oct. 11 when the vehicle’s alarm was activated.

Attempted residential burglary

  • The patio screen of a home on the 1100 block of North Dale was cut between 10:45 and 11:15 a.m. Dec. 23, but entry was not made into the home because the rear sliding glass door was secured with an anti-slide device.

Cooper’s Hawk Now Open in Arlington Heights

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By Deborah Donovan

Server Keith Nicolaou, who has been in the restaurant business for 24 years, puts finishing touches on table settings for opening day of the new Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant Tuesday in Arlington Heights.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant opened today at Algonquin and Golf roads in Arlington Heights, in the building that formerly housed Pappadeaux Seafood Restaurant.

The tasting room opened at 10:30 a.m. and the restaurant at 11 a.m., said Melanie Pierce, director of marketing communications for the company. Closing hours are 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 p.m. on Sunday.

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The 26,000-square-foot building will be the largest of the company’s eight locations. Pappadeaux, which closed in January, had been Arlington Heights’ largest restaurant, but Cooper’s Hawk will have a tasting room and retail store as well as the restaurant and party rooms.

The company also has establishments in South Barrington, Wheeling and Naperville and operates a wine club that Tim McEnery, founder and CEO, said has 36,000 members.

Originally the company had avoided opening in Arlington Heights, fearing it would hurt business in Wheeling, McEnery previously told village officials. However, when the Pappadeaux site became available, corporate officials decided it could attract people there who would not travel to the restaurant’s other locations.

 

Cooper’s Hawk Opening in Arlington Heights

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant opened today at Algonquin and Golf roads in Arlington Heights, in the building that formerly housed Pappadeaux Seafood Restaurant.

The tasting room opened at 10:30 a.m. and the restaurant at 11 a.m., said Melanie Pierce, director of marketing communications for the company. Closing hours are 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 p.m. on Sunday.

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The 26,000-square-foot building will be the largest of the company’s eight locations. Pappadeaux, which closed in January, had been Arlington Heights’ largest restaurant, but Cooper’s Hawk will have a tasting room and retail store as well as the restaurant and party rooms.

The company also has establishments in South Barrington, Wheeling and Naperville and operates a wine club that Tim McEnery, founder and CEO, said has 36,000 members.

Originally the company had avoided opening in Arlington Heights, fearing it would hurt business in Wheeling, McEnery previously told village officials. However, when the Pappadeaux site became available, corporate officials decided it could attract people there who would not travel to the restaurant’s other locations.

Cooper’s Hawk to Open Nov. 29

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By Michelle Stoffel

Cooper’s Hawk winery and restaurant will open soon in Arlington Heights.

The restaurant will fill the former Pappadeaux building near the intersection of Golf and Algonquin roads. Pappadeaux, which took over after Walter Payton’s Big Kahuna left, closed in January.

Cooper’s Hawk will open Nov. 29 following training and a special VIP event with village and restaurant officials and the staff’s family.

The massive 26,000-square-foot space is 30 years old and needed extensive renovation to bring it up to code and transformed it, said Walter Fisher, the restaurant company’s director of development.

The restaurant will be divided into several different spaces. Customers will walk into a tasting room and retail shop followed by the restaurant.

The new space is the biggest for the chain. The restaurant is meant to accommodate larger parties and banquet space, which includes a barrel room and winery, a loft space and wine cellar.

The restaurant is creating 300 new positions, Fisher said. A trailer is parked outside for applicants, and potential employees can also apply online.

The chain operates seven other locations, including one nearby in South Barrington.

Cooper’s Hawk received its liquor license from Arlington Heights last week.

 

Cooper’s Hawk Almost Ready to Fly in Arlington Heights

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By Deborah Donovan

Preparations for the opening of the new Cooper’s Hawk restaurant in the former Pappadeaux site in Arlington Heights are in the home stretch. The new restaurant’s owner said he expects to open shortly after Thanksgiving.

ooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant in Arlington Heights will open right after Thanksgiving, said Tim McEnery, the restaurant’s founder and chief executive officer.

McEnery applied this week for liquor licenses for what will be the largest of the company’s eight establishments, located in communities including in South Barrington, Wheeling and Naperville. The restaurant, wine shop and tasting room will be in the building that previously housed Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, at Algonquin and Golf roads, and will open Nov. 29.

The company will get three liquor licenses to serve all kinds of alcohol in the restaurant, sell bottles of wine in the store and through its monthly club.

The Cooper’s Hawk wine club has 36,000 members, 700 of them in Arlington Heights, McEnery told the Arlington Heights Village Board.

The company originally avoided Arlington Heights for fear locating there would hurt business in Wheeling, he said. However, when the Pappadeaux site became available, McEnery decided it could attract people who would not travel to the other towns.

While the 26,000-square-foot size of the building “keeps me awake at night,” it will allow for hosting parties and banquets, he said.

Hours are expected to be 11 a.m. to midnight during the week and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends, he said.

Pappadeaux closed in January. In the 1990s the building was the Big Kahuna nightclub.

Cooper’s Hawk Opening Nov. 29

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By TIM O’CONNOR Journal & Topics Reporter

Cooper’s Hawk, an upscale winery and restaurant chain, will open in Arlington Hts. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, a restaurant spokesperson confirmed.

Work on the former Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen building, 798 W. Algonquin Rd., is still underway. Pappadeaux, which was one of the largest restaurants in Arlington Hts., closed last January amidst struggles. Cooper’s Hawk’s intentions to move into the 26,000 sq. ft. space were announced in May.

In the days before the opening to the public there will be a celebration at the restaurant with village officials and other people involved in bringing Cooper’s Hawk to Arlington Hts. That weekend before will be used for training staff and Monday, Nov. 28 the restaurant will be dark.

There is no grand opening event planned for the public at this time, according to Melanie Pierce, director of marketing for Cooper’s Hawk.

The Arlington Hts. location will be the largest of the company’s eight restaurants, Pierce said. It will also have the largest banquet facility and Pierce said they hope to draw a high volume of banquet events and large parties.

The restaurant, which serves a variety of upscale American-style dishes, will also have a retail area where their handcrafted wines are sold and wine tastings are held.

An identification number is also listed with every item on the menu that suggests what wines are paired best with the meal. Pierce said that gives wine novices an easy way to discover new wines.

“The number one rule is always drink what you like but a lot of people come not knowing much about wine,” she said.