Reporter- St. Louis Business Journal
Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, a high-end Chicagoland chain, has opened its doors in St. Louis.
Located at 1146 Town and Country Crossing Drive, the 10,000-square-foot restaurant can seat about 300 and includes a tasting room, full-service bar, patio and private event space that can accommodate up to 50 people.
The restaurant is the 14th location for the chain, which also has restaurants in Midwestern markets such as Kansas City, Cincinnati, Columbus, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.
“We’d been looking in St. Louis for a number of years,” said founder Tim McEnery. “It was a natural evolution. It’s good for growing our brand and makes sense, business wise.”
The restaurant cost $3.5 million to open, and McEnery projected it would generate revenue of $7 million in the next year or two. The general manager is Jonathan Jue, and he manages 150 full- and part-time employees.
Cooper’s Hawk produces 48 wines from grapes grown in California, Washington and Oregon. Its wine club members have access to an additional 12 unique wine blends each year.
The concept was launched in 2005 in Orland Park, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. Today, it’s a $100 million company with 2,000 employees, McEnery said.
He said he plans to open four additional locations next year, in the Florida and Richmond, Va., markets. “We’re trying to grow the company throughout the Midwest and throughout the country,” he said.