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.