Illinois winery to open Brookfield eater

Illinois’ Cooper’s Hawk Winery is opening a restaurant on the southeast side of Brookfield Square on June 27. The location is the sixth since the Countryville, Ill.-based winery opened its first restaurant in 2005, and will reportedly bring an estimated 125 jobs to the area.

The winery, founded by Chicago native Tim McEnery, produces more than 125,000 cases of wine annually, including pinor noir, pinot, gris, grenache blanc and dozens of other varietals. It also produces fruit wines.

The Brookfield restaurant is more that 10,000 square feet and seats about 250. There is also a patio and a “Napa-style” tasting room.

The menu, created by Chef Matt McMillin – who recently served as a judge on Bobby Flay’s “Throwdown” and helped launch a number of restaurants as a partner in the Lettuce Entertain You group – includes starters like Mexican drunken shrimp ($12.99) and entrees like red wine and mustard short ribs ($20.99), soy ginger salmon ($19.99) and Dana’s parmesan crusted chicken ($16.99).

“Our goal is to make it fun and easy for people to learn more about wine and food, try new flavors and expand their palates,” said McEnery.

“We’ve brought together some of the best talents in winemaking and the culinary arts to create  inventive, flavorful food and wine pairings. At the same time, we want to be approachable and affordable.”

Wine plays a large role in the restaurant’s design and concept, and bottles range from $17 to $39 a bottle and are also available by the glass. Cooper’s Hawk also has a monthly wine club.

The restaurant and tasting room will serve lunch and dinner daily and will be open Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. until 9.

Reservations are recommended.

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