Cooper’s Hawk Opening Nov. 29

By TIM O’CONNOR Journal & Topics Reporter

Cooper’s Hawk, an upscale winery and restaurant chain, will open in Arlington Hts. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, a restaurant spokesperson confirmed.

Work on the former Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen building, 798 W. Algonquin Rd., is still underway. Pappadeaux, which was one of the largest restaurants in Arlington Hts., closed last January amidst struggles. Cooper’s Hawk’s intentions to move into the 26,000 sq. ft. space were announced in May.

In the days before the opening to the public there will be a celebration at the restaurant with village officials and other people involved in bringing Cooper’s Hawk to Arlington Hts. That weekend before will be used for training staff and Monday, Nov. 28 the restaurant will be dark.

There is no grand opening event planned for the public at this time, according to Melanie Pierce, director of marketing for Cooper’s Hawk.

The Arlington Hts. location will be the largest of the company’s eight restaurants, Pierce said. It will also have the largest banquet facility and Pierce said they hope to draw a high volume of banquet events and large parties.

The restaurant, which serves a variety of upscale American-style dishes, will also have a retail area where their handcrafted wines are sold and wine tastings are held.

An identification number is also listed with every item on the menu that suggests what wines are paired best with the meal. Pierce said that gives wine novices an easy way to discover new wines.

“The number one rule is always drink what you like but a lot of people come not knowing much about wine,” she said.

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