A grand pre-opening VIP party was held October 29 at the new Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant that opened at 3815 East 96th Street this month. Founder Tim McEnery was on hand to mingle with the guests and talk wine and food. McEnery, a Purdue grad, says he’s excited to open one of his restaurants in Indiana after running four other Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants in the Chicagoland area.
“It’s exciting to be back in Indiana and share my love of wine and food,” says McEnery.
Cooper’s Hawk (named after a Midwest hawk, and cooper is a wine barrel maker) is an eclectic mix of winery, restaurant and retail shop. When pulling in from 96th Street you can see the huge oak wine barrels through the windows. Inside you will find a Napa style tasting bar, a retail shop, a full bar and dining room where you can pair your wine choice with dishes such as Mexican Drunken Shrimp, Pistachio Crusted Grouper, and Blackened Bleu Steak. The winery/restaurant has an exclusive and active wine club that has led to over a hundred wine awards. Most recently, Cooper’s Hawk was named “Hot Concept 2010” by Nations Restaurant News. You can learn more about Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant by visiting www.chwinery.com.