Winery to open at Ashburn’s Belmont Chase

By Ryan Clancy
Loudon Times

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant has signed a lease for a new location that will be opened in the Belmont Chase retail center by Whole Foods.

Ashburn will be getting a new winery and dining location in February. Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant has signed a lease for a new location that will be opened in the Belmont Chase retail center by Whole Foods.

Cooper’s Hawk combines a variety of businesses into one building including a restaurant, bar, barrel aging room and tasting room. The restaurant and menu is designed for the younger and affluent market that the company caters to.

“It’s a very high quality chef driven menu,” said George Galloway of Next Realty Mid-Atlantic, the real estate firm that represents Cooper’s Hawk.

The company currently has 15 locations across the country. They sell only their own wine, which is made from grapes imported from vineyards in four different states and produced at their facility in Chicago.

One unique aspect of Cooper’s Hawk is that it is designed to help novice wine drinkers become more accustomed to the different varieties of wine. The restaurant has both tasting rooms and staff that can help customers discover more about the wines they’re drinking.

“People are aspirational,” Galloway said. “People want to learn more about wine and Cooper is an ideal place to learn about wine.”

Cooper’s Hawk also has its own wine club, which Galloway said is one of the largest in the country.

“The wine club creates a sense of devotion to a restaurant not often found in the restaurant industry,” Galloway said.

Galloway said that the restaurant’s proximity to Whole Foods will increase business for both locations.

“The customer that comes to Whole Foods is a Cooper’s Hawk customer,” Galloway said.

While Cooper’s Hawk did not decide to put a location in Loudoun because of the increasing number of wineries in the area, Galloway said that it is a bonus.

“I think it happens to be a nice dovetail that there are more wineries in Loudoun County,” Galloway said.

This will be the second Cooper’s Hawk location in Virginia, and the first in the D.C. Area.

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​Cooper’s Hawk Winery comes to Ashburn and other new restaurant news

Staff Reporter
Washington Business Journal

 

Loudoun County, known as D.C.’s wine country, will have a new, imported vintage come 2015. Illinois-based Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant will open its first D.C. area location in Ashburn.

The restaurant, which serves American fare and house-branded wine in an upscale

The barrel-aging special event area at Cooper’s Hawk set for an event. The Illinois-based winery and restaurant chain plans an Ashburn location.

casual setting, will open late next year in Ashburn at the Whole Foods-anchored Belmont Chase retail center at Claiborne Parkway and Russell Branch Parkway, according to a statement.

Founded in 2006 by Tim McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk makes wine at an Illinois-based production facility using grapes it purchases from the West Coast. The group’s blanc de blanc was the exclusive sparkling wine served during Michelle Obama’s toast at the Illinois inaugural ball,according to the restaurant’s website.

Cooper’s Hawk has 16 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida, with several more planned for the next year, including one in Richmond, Virginia. The Ashburn location will include a bar and restaurant, barrel aging room for special events and a full-service tasting room with retail store and chocolatier, according to a release.

Next Realty’s Andrew Rose and George Galloway represented the tenant, and H&R Retail’sGeoffrey Mackler and Bradley Buslik and Regency Centers’ Jack de Villiers represented the landlord.

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