Eatery has special draw: New Cooper’s Hawk is vintner to patrons of its up-scale restaurant

The wines sold at Cooper’s Hawk restaurants are produced at the company’s facility in Illinois.

By RICHARD MULLINS | The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA –Walk in the front door of the new Cooper’s Hawk restaurant in Tampa, and the first thing you’ll see is that you’re actually in a wine shop.

A vast, luxurious wine shop with tasting tables, wine gifts and hundreds of kinds of wine, all of them made and bottled by Cooper’s Hawk for their dozen restaurants across the country.

Tampa now joins that group, as the restaurant formally opens Monday amid the growing row of high-end restaurants on Boy Scout Boulevard, across from International Plaza mall.

“We want to make wine fun and easy for people,” said Tim McEnery, the founder and chief executive of Chicago-based Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant.

For instance, customers walking to the main dining room will first pass a huge oak barrel of wine that’s meant for service right away. Order a single glass, and servers use a long glass tube to dip into the cask and pull out enough for a glass. Order a full bottle’s worth, and servers fill clear glass decanters with a tap on the bottom and park them on the table.

Overall, the main restaurant fits in the casual-yet-upscale genre along with Cheesecake Factory or P.F. Chang’s, with an average check of about $20 a person when entrees, deserts and wine are added together. There’s a wide variety in that range, McEnery said, with items including an $8.99 burger to a $26 pistachio-crusted grouper entre and topping out at a $39 bone-in steak.

Relatively large for Tampa restaurants at 11,000 square feet, this location is split into a large dining room, a separate bar area, an outdoor terrace with a dozen tables, a pair of private dining rooms and a full wine shop with hundreds of bottles ranging from $9 specialty bottles to those costing $30.

Here, the goal is making long-term, repeat customers. Servers should never rush guests off a table, McEnery said, and the company purposely does not track time guests stay. The whole facility is set up for different uses. The wine shop offers its own tasting events, including a flight of eight wine tastes for $7.

There’s also something anathema to most restaurants, free WiFi. “If people want to gather here at the bar and trade apps for four hours and have a cup of coffee, we’d love to have them here,” McEnery said. “Because they’ll feel welcome and come again for dinner, then buy a bottle of wine, and maybe join the wine club.”

That club costs $18.99 a month and includes a bottle each month, plus discounts on wine and invitation to member’s only parties. One thing you won’t see in the shop or on the restaurant wine list: Anyone else’s wines. That’s because Cooper’s Hawk produces its own wines.

Trucks load up in California, Oregon, Washington and Michigan with tons of wine grapes and bring them to the production site in Illinois, which will produce 175,000 cases this year for sale in the restaurants and shops.

As for placement in Tampa, the restaurant is in the MetWest complex amid many of the most successful law firms, financial firms and consulting houses in the West Shore business district. It’s adjacent to the very upscale Texas de Brazil steakhouse and down the street from Roy’s, Kona Grill, Ocean Prime, Fleming’s and the soon-to-open Eddie V’s steakhouse.

McEnery picked Tampa for its favorable demographics, i.e. enough people who can afford $20 dinners. Another location is set to open in Orlando by the end of the year. Just how many more upscale restaurants can Tampa support? McEnery has this thought: “There’s room for at least one more.”

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Restaurant Opens First Florida Location, Tampa

Offering award-winning wines and a contemporary American menu, Chicago-based Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will open the doors to its first Florida location in Tampa on Monday, March 11th.

Tampa Bay region’s newest winery will move into an 11,229-square-foot space at MetWest InternationalMetLife’s 32-acre mixed-use development in Westshore at 4110 W. Boy Scout Blvd.

Featuring a traditional winery setting, Cooper’s Hawk will also act as a full-service restaurant offering contemporary American cuisine with signature dishes such as pistachio crusted grouper, red wine and mustard short ribs and Mexican drunken shrimp.

“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.”

The Tampa location will mark the company’s 12th opening with an additional location set to open in Orlando by the end of 2013; a third Florida location is planned for 2014.

With the capacity to seat 400 guests in a one-of-a-kind winery atmosphere, Tampa’s Cooper’s Hawk will feature a Napa-style tasting roomwine club and retail shop. 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.

“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,” says Tim McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk founder and CEO. “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 affordable.”

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will offer lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant Location to Open in Tampa

Susan Thurston, Times Staff Writer

TAMPA — A new wine and food concept, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, is moving into the already cramped local wine bar market with a Napa-style tasting room, full-service restaurant, retail store and wine club.

Opening March 11 across from International Plaza, the restaurant will be the 12th for the Illinois-based chain and first outside the Midwest. Two others are planned for Orlando.

Cooper’s Hawk sells only its name brand wine made from grapes grown at vineyards in California, Washington, Oregon and Michigan. The grapes are trucked to its production plant outside Chicago where the fruit is turned into wine, bottled and shipped to restaurants in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“We source from all over so we can blend California and Washington grapes and produce unique and complex wines that are different than what you’d find elsewhere,” said winemaker Rob Warren.

Cooper’s Hawk enters an increasingly competitive field of wine bars. Sharon Stewart, who opened the Wine Studio on Henderson Boulevard in Tampa six months ago, said that while she’s curious about Cooper’s Hawk, she isn’t worried about it cannibalizing the market.

“I think there’s plenty of room for all of us because wine is becoming so popular,” she said. “Everyone has their own niche. We’re known for being a more top-shelf wine bar. Some competitors are more boutique-y.”

Stewart hasn’t tried Cooper’s Hawk but expects the concept will do well, provided the wine is good.

Cooper’s Hawk has received more than 200 wine awards, mostly regional and state competitions such as the Florida State Fair, but hasn’t received much press from Wine Enthusiast or other respected wine publications. Warren said they don’t solicit reviews because the wine isn’t available at grocery stores or other retail outlets.

“We can put our $20 bottle against any other $20 bottle and feel confident we would come out on top,” he said. “We have some entry-level wines for people getting into the wine world and we’ve got wines for people who are very knowledgeable in wines.”

The winery serves 40 different wines, each paired with menu items ranging from pistachio crusted grouper to red wine and mustard short ribs. In a departure from typical restaurant pricing strategy, buying wine at the 350-seat restaurant costs the same as buying it in the store, $12 to $40 a bottle. Restaurant wine drinkers pay a corkage fee, and tastings of eight wines start at $7.

Jennifer Bingham, a certified sommelier who owns Cru Cellars on MacDill Avenue in Tampa, visited a Cooper’s Hawk near Chicago several years ago and rated the wine “decent but not amazing.” More impressive, she said, was the business model.

“Their profit margins have got to be really high because they are bypassing all the distributors,” she said. “It’s pretty brilliant. It’s a business, though. There’s no romance of a winery.”

Cooper’s Hawk was founded in 2005 by Tim McEnery, who started in the hospitality business as a dishwasher at age 11. He saw an opportunity to build off the popular brew pub trend with an unusual dining experience centered around wine.

The company chose Tampa because of the high number of wine club members from the area and large population of Midwest transplants. It also liked the location in the MetWest complex at 4110 W Boy Scout Blvd. near the mall and specifically the Cheesecake Factory, which targets a similar, upscale clientele.

Cooper’s Hawk has 60,000 wine club members who pay $18.99 a month for a bottle of red or white wine made exclusively for members. The wine must be picked up at the restaurant. To ship it costs more.

The company was forecast to reach $75 million in revenue in 2012.

Susan Thurston can be reached at sthurston@tampabay.com or (813) 225-3110.

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West Shore lands Cooper’s Hawk; Mancave to offer haircuts and cigars

Amy Scherzer, Times Staff Writer

WEST SHORE — Midwesterners may be familiar with Cooper’s Hawk when it opens its first Florida location in the MetWest complex opposite International Plaza.

The Illinois company’s concept — a combination restaurant and winery — comes to the West Shore District on March 11. Also in the mix: a wine club and retail shop.

For lunch and dinner, signature entrees include a trio of filet mignon medallions, pistachio-crusted grouper and mustard short ribs, with all menu items created to be paired with a Cooper’s Hawk handcrafted wine. Several gluten-free and 600-calories-and-under dishes are offered.

For a Napa-style tasting, step into the winery. Try a rich Italian Barbera or a semidry, floral Gewurztraminer. Or do you fancy a fruit wine, perhaps apricot or rhubarb? Tastings start at $7 for eight pours. In Ormond Park, Ill., Cooper’s Hawk Winery produces nearly 50 kinds of wine from handpicked grapes that are crushed, processed and aged in wooden barrels.

Membership in the Wine of the Month Club costs $18.99 a month. Members pick up one bottle a month or pay a fee for delivery. They are also invited to classes, parties and events.

Food, wine and custom gift baskets can be purchased in the Cooper’s Hawk gift shop.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, at 4110 W Boy Scout Blvd., will be open 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The tasting room opens at 11 a.m. daily and has the same closing hours as the restaurant. Call (813) 873-9463 or visit coopershawkwinery.com.

Cigar, brew and a haircut: That’s the Mancave

Darren Alvarez is a triple threat: licensed barber, cigar roller and entrepreneur. Opening the Mancave Cigar Lounge and Barbershop on S Dale Mabry, south of Bay to Bay Boulevard, uses all the Tampa native’s talents.

Alvarez took up the family cigar rolling tradition about five years ago, and began barber training three years ago.

“Since I have built a clientele of athletes, attorneys and doctors, I thought of this one-of-a-kind man cave — an old-school barber-type atmosphere where they can get their hair cut, shoes shined, smoke cigars,” he said.

The 1,200-square-foot shop opens into a lounge where beer and wine will be served. Walk through double glass doors and find “all of the best labels of cigars,” Alvarez said. Past that are tables for playing dominoes and poker and two barber stations offering full service: hair cuts, hot towel shaves and shoulder and scalp messages.

Prices are similar to most barbershops, with additional fees for amenities. Beer and wine tastings are planned, including special nights for military personnel and first responders.

“We’re booking hair appointments now and selling cigar memberships and renting cigar lockers,” Alvarez said. The official grand opening is April 1.

The Mancave Cigar Lounge and Barbershop is settling in at 3408 S Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 374-2196 or visit mancavetampa.com.

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Cooper’s Hawk on track for mid-March opening

Margaret Cashill
Staff Writer- Tampa Bay Business Journal

 Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant is nearing a tentative mid-March opening date for its location at MetWest International in Tampa.

The restaurant and winery, based in Countryside, Ill., has signed a lease for 11,229 square feet at the mixed-use Westshore area development, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported in June.

Cooper’s Hawk plans to announce a firm opening date in the coming days, a spokeswoman said.

It will be the chain’s 12th location.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant Coming to Westshore

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, an upscale dining and bar chain, will open their newest location in Tampa’s Westshore District sometime in mid-March, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The new winery and restaurant will be located in Metwest International, a 32-acre mixed-use development in the heart of Westshore which currently houses Tampa restaurants, Kona Grill and Texas de Brazil, as well as an assortment of retail, hotel, residential and office spaces.

According to the Journal, Cooper’s Hawk has signed a lease for an 11,229-square-foot space inside Metwest International which will house the Countryside, Illinois-based chain’s 12th location.  The Tampa location will join a roster of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants around the country including a soon-to-be-opened location in Orlando as well as established locations in Columbus, Ohio; Arlington Heights, Illinois; and Kansas City, Missouri.

Cooper’s Hawk will serve an assortment of their own, award-winning wines prepared at their eponymous winery, which produces over 125,000 gallons of wine each year for the restaurant’s multiple locations throughout the country.

In addition, the new Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant in Tampa will offer an assortment of appetizers, chopped salads, entrees, and a full bar alongside their signature wine selections.  Menu highlights include Thai lettuce wraps, Chicken Saltimbocca, short rib risotto, and more.

An exact date hasn’t been given for Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant mid-March opening, but we’ll keep you updated as more news arises.

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

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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

Winery, restaurant to open first Florida location in Tampa

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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

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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 www.chwinery.com

 

 

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 www.metlife.com/realestate.

 

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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 www.floridaretailpartners.com