Crain’s Blog – On Diningby Jan Parr
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is planning to open a location in suburban Oak Lawn in early 2015. The 10,000- square-foot space will be part of the Stony Creek Promenade, located on Cicero Avenue and 111th Street.
It will be the Countryside-based company’s eighth Illinois location and its 20th nationwide. It has outlets in Arlington Heights, Burr Ridge, Naperville, South Barrington, Wheeling, Indianapolis and Brookfield, Wis.
The full-service restaurant serves American food in a winery atmosphere, with a Napa-style tasting room, wine club and retail shop. Cooper’s Hawk will bring an estimated 150 new jobs to the area, the company said in a release.
Founded by south suburban native Tim McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk first opened its doors in Orland Park, some 10 miles south of Oak Lawn, in 2005.
“We have often had guests in our Orland Park location mention that Oak Lawn would be a great area for a Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant,” said Ron Dee, senior vice president of development at Cooper’s Hawk, in a release. “We researched the market and discovered that over 390,000 people live in the area with limited full-service dining options in the market. When Hamilton Partners approached us to be part of a brand-new retail center including a new Mariano’s supermarket, we knew the synergy of our two brands would be a winning combination.”
Mr. McEnery Cooper’s Hawk told Crain’s in 2011 it hoped to open an outlet in River North; that restaurant never materialized. The company’s website indicates a Springfield location is in the works.