Cooper’s Hawk to Open Nov. 29

By Michelle Stoffel

Cooper’s Hawk winery and restaurant will open soon in Arlington Heights.

The restaurant will fill the former Pappadeaux building near the intersection of Golf and Algonquin roads. Pappadeaux, which took over after Walter Payton’s Big Kahuna left, closed in January.

Cooper’s Hawk will open Nov. 29 following training and a special VIP event with village and restaurant officials and the staff’s family.

The massive 26,000-square-foot space is 30 years old and needed extensive renovation to bring it up to code and transformed it, said Walter Fisher, the restaurant company’s director of development.

The restaurant will be divided into several different spaces. Customers will walk into a tasting room and retail shop followed by the restaurant.

The new space is the biggest for the chain. The restaurant is meant to accommodate larger parties and banquet space, which includes a barrel room and winery, a loft space and wine cellar.

The restaurant is creating 300 new positions, Fisher said. A trailer is parked outside for applicants, and potential employees can also apply online.

The chain operates seven other locations, including one nearby in South Barrington.

Cooper’s Hawk received its liquor license from Arlington Heights last week.


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