Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant to Open August 13 at Westfield Southlake Mall in Merrillville

Cindy Kurman, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Aug 1, 2012 “Share your voice on Yahoo! websites

Westfield Southlake Shopping Center will celebrate the grand opening of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant on August 13, 2012. This new addition is the culmination of more than two years of major efforts to upgrade and revitalize the Northwest Indiana shopping center.

Westfield Southlake has been a community beacon in Northwest Indiana for more than 35 years, delivering a vast selection of stores, dining and event experiences to a 20 mile trade area including Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Significant in-center improvements have taken place, culminating with the Cooper’s Hawk Grand Opening, in an effort to better serve the growing needs and desires of the area.

As the community has continued to grow and flourish with savvy shoppers from the Northwest Indiana area, Westfield Southlake has responded to its demands and in addition to Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant has opened 17 new stores and added new amenities. Shoppers will now enjoy upgraded seating, modern dining court areas and improved landscaping. “The Living Lake”, a one-of-a-kind play area for shoppers with children, offers an educational area for rest and relaxation while kids learn about the local lake ecosystem. The impressive list of new stores added to the roster include national brands such as Coach, Tevana, The Limited, and Skechers, Charming Charlie and locally known offerings including Albert’s Jewelers and AKIRA.

“The newly revitalized Westfield Southlake has evolved immensely,” said Peter Karonis, General Manager of Westfield Southlake. “We are proud to offer a center that gives our shoppers and resident retailers a much more enhanced shopping experience.”

Cooper’s Hawk Atmosphere Enriches Shoppers’ Experience

Cooper’s Hawk is the first and only combined restaurant and winery in the Midwest and was named “Hot Concept 2010″ Winner by Nation’s Restaurant News. “We’re very pleased that Cooper’s Hawk has chosen to become part of the Westfield Southlake family,” said Karonis, “It is an excellent, very popular restaurant concept that will certainly attract the many food lovers in our area, as well as our numerous wine aficionados. Cooper’s Hawk will be a joy for everyone.”

Cooper’s Hawk’s attractive winery atmosphere, complete with a tasting room, wine club and retail shop, is also a full-service restaurant serving a varied menu of delicious contemporary American cuisine. At Westfield Southlake, guests will be enveloped in warm hues as they are transported to a winery atmosphere that includes a Napa-style tasting room.

In the dining room, Cooper’s Hawk offers a modern, casual dining experience with professionally trained, inviting staff and a menu created with its handcrafted wines in mind. All of the dishes are paired with a wine, labeled on the menu by bin number, as suggested by the winemaker. Wines range from $13 to $39 a bottle and are also served by the glass. Guests will be treated to imaginative dishes that are rich in flavor. EntrĂ©es include chicken, seafood, pasta, pork and beef specialties, and lighter fare include a wide range of appetizers, salads and soups, specialty entrees and sandwiches.

In addition to offering a new dining experience for people in the Merrillville area, Cooper’s Hawk brings an estimated 125 new jobs, with opportunities for employees to advance through a training and development program that includes several levels of wine education. The training program eventually provides staff with the opportunity to become a wine professional.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant also has a Wine of the Month Club. Members receive a bottle of a Cooper’s Hawk new release wine each month, exclusive to Wine Club Members. The Cooper’s Hawk gift shop offers an assortment of gift baskets and wine-related accessories, many of which are also available for purchase online at

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