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By Matt Sorrell
Ladue News: Food & Dining

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will open its first-ever St. Louis location next month in Town & Country. The restaurant, in Town and Country Crossing, will feature award-winning wines in a Napa-style tasting-room setting, as well as contemporary American fare. Opening is set for Dec. 12.

The second location of Potbelly Sandwich Shop is now open at 12 S. Bemiston Ave. in downtown Clayton, the former home of The Fatted Calf. The first location of the Chicago-based chain opened last year in Creve Coeur.

The newly opened Strange Donuts in Maplewood already is garnering national attention. It recently got a slot on Eater.com‘s list of 18 Hottest Donut Shops in America Right Now. The site calls specific attention to the Strange Hog Burger, a collaboration with Quincy Street Bistro, which features a donut stuffed with one of Quincy Street’s hog burger patties and topped with maple glaze, caramelized onions and cheese whiz. Also making national news, Missouri Baking Company, which was named 39th best bakery in the U.S by The Daily Meal.

Civil Life Brewing Company has expanded its hours and offerings: The South City favorite recently announced it’ll be keeping Sunday hours from noon to 6 p.m., and has a new selection of fine soups in addition to the regular menu.

We recently got word that Angel’s Envy bourbon, which was awarded 98 points by Wine Enthusiast (the highest score ever bestowed on a bourbon), is now available around town. We got to sample this fine whiskey earlier this year, and it’s definitely a keeper!

STL Culinary Tours has added another neighborhood to its roster. On Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at noon, guests can enjoy the Demun Gastro Tour, which will include stops at The Restaurant at The Cheshire, Demun Oyster Bar, Kaldi’s Coffee and The Fox & Hound Tavern. For info and tickets, visit StlCulinaryTours.com.

L’Ecole Culinaire is partnering with Lydia’s House for the 7th Annual Gingerbread House Contest. The event brings together chefs from a host of area bakeries and restaurants, as well as culinary students of all levels to compete against each other with their edible, handmade gingerbread houses, which are on display at Plaza Frontenac through this weekend. Winners will be announced Dec. 1.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant Opening December in Town & Country

The Feast – St. Louis  •  Posted by Kristin Brashares

The first-ever St. Louis location of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will open to the public on Thu., Dec. 12, in Town & Country. It will be the second location west of the Mississippi River.

Cooper’s Hawk serves contemporary American cuisine around 50 varietals of wine under its own private label, which boasts more than 200 awards worldwide.

The restaurant will take over two existing 1,500-square-foot spaces and is also constructing an additional 3,000 square feet in Town and Country Crossing. The 9,000-square-foot space will seat more than 300 diners and include a Napa-style tasting room, fully stocked bar area, outdoor patio, and private banquet room. Cooper’s Hawk will employ more than 170 part and full-time team members for its Town and Country location.

Cooper’s Hawk features one of the country’s largest wine of the month clubs, offering subscribers monthly wines, special discounts, invitations to exclusive events, rewards, and annual domestic and international wine trips. Since opening its first concept in late 2005, Cooper’s Hawk has received more than 200 wine awards from various local, national and international wine competitions, including the Chairman’s Best of Class for its Shiraz at the 2013 Long Beach Grand Cru International Wine Competition, two Double Gold recognitions for its Barbera, a Double Gold recognition for its Ice Wine, a Gold Sweeps for its Pinot Noir, the Grand Star Award for its Gewurztraminer, and the Gold “Best Dessert Wine in Show” at the 2011 Mid-American Wine Competition.

In January 2009, Cooper’s Hawk poured its wines at the Illinois Inaugural Gala in Washington D.C., and its Blanc de Blanc was exclusively selected for First Lady Michelle Obama’s toast. More recently, Cooper’s Hawk was named a “Hot Concept” by Nations Restaurant News in 2010. Additionally, in 2013, Cooper’s Hawk’s Asian BBQ Pork Belly Tostadas were MenuMaster winner in the category of “Menu Trendsetter” by the same publication.

The Cooper’s Hawk menu features unique contemporary-American dishes with bin numbers listed next to each item on the menu, guiding guests to its selection’s perfect wine match. Cooper’s Hawk also offers a gluten-free menu and a Life Balance™ menu with options all under 600 calories.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, 1146 Town and Country Crossing Drive, Town and Country, 636.489.0059, coopershawkwinery.com.

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Cooper’s Hawk Brings Napa-Style Winery to Town & Country

By Nancy Stiles Wed., Oct. 16 2013 at 10:30 AM

On December 9, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant joins the suburban winery game in Town & Country, complete with wine tastings, a full-service restaurant and the 44 varietals that make up Cooper’s Hawk house wine. The menu offers things like pork belly, cheese tastings and bacon-wrapped scallops.

But wait, this is a chain restaurant?

“I understand the dilemma of being a chain but not wanting to be thought of as a chain,” chief operating officer and president Peter D’Amelio, tells Gut Check. “We’re a chain in how we train and hire our employees — we’re not in chain in how consumers use us.”

Indeed, though, this will be the fourteenth location for Cooper’s Hawk (the others are in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin). The idea behind the restaurants is decidedly upscale.

“Our goal is for the customer to come into a beautiful, timelessly designed tasting room, that if you haven’t been to Napa, it makes you feel like you’re in Napa,” D’Amelio says.

All of the wines available are Cooper’s Hawk wines, which D’Amelio says many people warned him against. The West Coast-sourced grapes are brought to Cooper’s Hawk’s 50,000-square-foot winery in Illinois where the wines are produced (the chain is based out of Chicago).

“People always say, ‘You’ll never succeed unless you offer wine from other companies,’ and we’ve heard that. It’s our fourteenth restaurant, and we still have not seen the need to bring anyone else’s wine in because we have something for everybody,” he says.

D’Amelio says the restaurant’s whole point is to make wine tasting and drinking approachable, accessible and fun.

“At the end of the day, you end up sort of liking what you like, no matter what you read in Wine Spectator, regardless of what it’s rated. What I think we’re good at is giving people an opportunity to find a wine that they like through practice or tasting,” he says. “I don’t order white wine with fish because I read that you’re supposed to; I order red because I like it. We’re trying to make you feel like it’s OK to do that.”

Cooper’s Hawk is also rolling out a line of proprietary products made with its wine later this year, like merlot-based marinara and wine-infused chocolates.

The restaurant and winery will open December 9 at 1000-1272 Town and Country Crossing Drive, and a banquet facility will be available after the holidays.

“We’re very unique in this industry — what were hoping to bring to St. Louis is the sense of community through the celebration of wine and a great meal,” D’Amelio says.

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Cooper’s Hawk Under Construction at Town and Country Crossing

The winery and restaurant is starting its move into the area.

Posted by Bryanna Hampton (Editor) , 
Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant is making its move into the Town and Country Crossing shopping center.

As Patch previously reported, Cooper’s Hawk will build on to the shopping center, as well as occupy spaces that once housed Eugene’s Custard and Three Dog Bakery. Construction is underway at the site located at 1000-1272 Town and Country Crossing Drive.

Cooper’s Hawk will feature a full-service restaurant, barrel room, wine tasting room and outdoor seating near the existing fountain. The Town and Country location will be the restaurant’s 15th in the nation. Read more about Cooper’s Hawk here.

Patch previously reported the restaurant was aiming to open by late September or early October. Keep checking in for updates to this story.

What do you think? Will you visit Cooper’s Hawk? Have you been to another location before? Tell us in the comments.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant Set For Fall Opening in Town and Country

The winery and full-service restaurant is expected to open in late September or early October in Town and Country Crossing.

By Gabrielle Biondo

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant is set to move into Town and Country Crossing in late September or early October.

As previously reported by Patch, the new restaurant will move into the space at 1000-1272 Town and Country Crossing Drive, near Clayton Road and Highway 141. It will incorporate the former locations of Eugene’s Custard (which closed last year) and Three Dog Bakery (which has moved to a new location in the shopping center), plus a third building that will be constructed to the east of those two locations near the shopping center lake.

(Read Previous Story: Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant Coming to Town and Country)

Monday night, the Town and Country Planning and Zoning Commission approved the final site development plan for the new winery and full-service restaurant which is being touted as unique to the St. Louis area.

Cooper’s Hawk Senior Vice-President of Development Ron Dee tells Patch, the 9,000 square feet establishment will offer 265 seats inside, plus approximately 85 outdoor seats on the patio by the fountain.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant was founded by Tim McEnery in 2005 and the St. Louis location will be the company’s fourteenth U.S. restaurant, Dee tells Patch.

He said Cooper’s Hawk is headquartered in Countryside, IL and makes its own wine there. However, the grapes come from around the country, including from California, Oregon, Michigan, Washington and New York.

The Town and County location will offer only the Cooper’s Hawk brand of wine and the company makes 50 different varietals of wine.

St. Louis area patrons will find a 1,500 square foot Napa-style wine tasting room, a barrel room, a retail shop and a full-service restaurant that includes over 50 entrees and an extensive dessert menu.

“Every entree on our menu is paired up with one of our wines,” Dee explained.

Bottles of wine run from $14.99 up to $37 per bottle, and can also be purchased in the winery’s retail shop. Cooper’s Hawk also offers a wine club membership for a monthly fee of $18.99. Dee said those wines can be picked up from the wine shop or customers have the option of having them shipped for an additional charge.

Private dining rooms will also be available for rental and the restaurant will offer valet parking.

According to the restaurant chain’s website, it currently has 11 locations in five states and plans to open four more locations, including the Town and Country location.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant Coming to Town and Country

The new restaurant is expected to open in the winter of 2013 – 2014 in Town and Country Crossing.

By Gabrielle Biondo

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant is set to move into Town and Country Crossing by the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014.

Town and Country Planning Director Sharon Rothmel tells Patch, the restaurant will move into the space at 1000-1272 Town and Country Crossing Drive, near Clayton Road and Highway 141.

Rothmel points out she had not even received plans for the restaurant yet and said this project is in its initial stages.

“It’s my understanding they’ve signed the lease and they’re currently designing the restaurant,” Rothmel said.

The new restaurant will incorporate the former locations of Eugene’s Custard (which closed last year) and Three Dog Bakery (which has moved to a new location in the shopping center), plus a third building that will be constructed to the east of those two locations near the shopping center lake.

“It was always intended that that area would be used for a restaurant,” Rothmel said.

The restaurant is expected to be approximately 9,000 square feet.

According to the a recent article in Sauce Magazine, Cooper’s Hawk is a chain of restaurants offering upscale casual dining. The eatery typically offers a full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, Napa-style tasting room and gift shop.

“I think it will be an asset ot the region,” Rothmel said. ”We’re very enthusiastic to see…a unique restaurant come to our community. We’re excited. It will be a wonderful addition to Town and Country Crossing and we continue to be pleased with the success of Town and Country Crossing.”

According to the restaurant chain’s website, it currently has 11 locations in five states and plans to open four more locations, including the Town and Country location.

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Tidbits: Delmonico’s Diner, the Press Box, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

By Ian Froeb, River Front Times, Fri., Jan. 4 2013 at 2:31 PM
Continuing to catch up on some items from the end of last year and the beginning of this one…- We learned in November that after being closed for a year, soul-food institution Delmonico’s Diner (4909 Delmar Boulevard; 314-367-3333) had reopened under new ownership. Today, a trusted operative passes along word that the new owner’s have decided on a new name: Buchanan’s Restaurant.

- Feast reports that the new owners of Chesterfield sports bar and grill The Press Box (1095 Chesterfield Parkway, Chesterfield; 636-536-9440) plan to turn it into an upscale-dining establishment called the Scarecrow.

- And for those of you planning your dining-out schedule well in advance: Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch reports that the upscale Chicago-based chain Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will open next year (i.e., 2014) at the Town & Country Crossing shopping center at Clayton Road and 141. Cooper’s Hawk bottles its own wine using grapes from west coast vineyards.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant signs Town and Country lease

December 31, 2012 11:45 am  •  By Evan S. Benn ebenn@post-dispatch.com

An image of a barrel-aging room at a Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, which is opening a location in Town and Country in early 2014. Handout photo.

Cooper’s Hawk, an upscale-casual restaurant and winery, will open in about a year next to Target and Whole Foods in the Town & Country Crossing shopping plaza.

The shopping center’s owner, Michigan-based Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, announced this month that the new restaurant would be about 9,000 square feet, made up of existing vacancies as well as new development next to the plaza.

“The concept includes an upscale-casual dining restaurant, private barrel-aging room and Napa Valley-style tasting room,” according to a news release from the trust.

Cooper’s Hawk is a Chicago-based chain that opened in 2005 and currently has 11 restaurants, including one in Kansas City.

The Cooper’s Hawk concept is similar to EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery, which recently announced it will open a second St. Louis-area location, in that it purchases grapes or juice and creates its own private-label wine blends.

The restaurant is expected to open in early 2014 at 1000-1272 Town and Country Crossing Drive.

Ramco-Gershenson bought Town & Country Crossing for $38 million in 2011. The group also owns Central Plaza in Ballwin, which it bought in June for about $21 million.

Those two properties are part of 80 shopping centers in Ramco-Gershenson’s portfolio, which includes about 15 million square feet of space spread over 13 states.

Evan S. Benn (@EvanBenn) is the food critic and beer columnist for the Post-Dispatch. 

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Chicago winery, restaurant coming to St. Louis

St. Louis Business Journal by Evan Binns, Reporter

Date: Thursday, December 20, 2012, 11:19am CST – Last Modified: Thursday, December 20, 2012, 3:57pm CST

Farmington Hills, Mich.-based real estate investment firm Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust announced Wednesday that the company has signed a lease for a 9,000-square-foot Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant at its Town & Country Crossing shopping center.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant first opened in 2005 in Orland Park, a south suburb of Chicago. The restaurant chain has 11 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin, with another location coming soon in Tampa, Fla.

The Cooper’s Hawk concept includes an upscale casual dining restaurant, private barrel-aging room and Napa-Valley style tasting room. Cooper’s Hawk will fill existing vacancies as well as be developed on a vacant land parcel adjacent to the center, according to Ramco. The restaurant plans to open in early 2014.

In May, Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust announced that it had entered into a purchase agreement with Pace Properties to acquire Central Plaza at Manchester Road and Vlasis Drive in Ballwin for $21.6 million.

Last year, Ramco-Gershenson bought the 282,000-square-foot Town & Country Crossing shopping center, a Target- and Whole Foods-anchored shopping center in Town & Country, for around $38 million.

In a statement issued Dec. 20, Dennis Gershenson, president and CEO of Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, said, “With the … signing of the Cooper’s Hawk at Town & Country, we are executing on our goal to add value to our shopping center acquisitions through the development of adjacent land.

“Our focus on a portfolio of large, multi-anchored shopping centers is a primary contributor to the success we are achieving in our leasing initiatives with national, creditworthy retailers.”

As of Sept. 30, Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust owned and managed a portfolio of 80 shopping centers and one office building with approximately 15 million square feet of leasable space. The properties are located in Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Georgia, Missouri, Colorado, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Tennessee.

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Cooper’s Hawk expanding to St. Louis

Chicago Business Journal by Evan Binns, Reporter

Date: Thursday, December 20, 2012, 2:23pm CST
Evan Binns
Reporter- St. Louis Business Journal
Farmington Hills, Mich.-based real estate investment firm Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust says it has signed a lease for a 9,000-square-foot Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant at its Town & Country Crossing shopping center in St. Louis.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant first opened in 2005 in Orland Park, a south suburb of Chicago. The restaurant chain has 11 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin, with another location coming soon in Tampa, Fla.

The Cooper’s Hawk concept includes an upscale casual dining restaurant, private barrel-aging room and Napa-Valley style tasting room. Cooper’s Hawk will fill existing vacancies as well as be developed on a vacant land parcel adjacent to the center, according to Ramco. The restaurant plans to open in early 2014.

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