Winery restaurant to open in Kenwood: EXCLUSIVE

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will open its first Cincinnati location later this year.

Dan Eaton | Business First
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant has a location that is open in Columbus.

The Countryside, Ill.-based concept plans to build an 11,000-square-foot restaurant andwinery at the corner of Montgomery and Hosbrook roads. Melanie Pierce, director of marketing communications for Cooper’s Hawk, said the Cincinnati-area location is scheduled to open this fall.

The restaurants typically have seating for about 300. Diners can view the aging rooms where barrels of Cooper’s Hawk wines are stacked. All of the wines served at Cooper’s Hawk are its own proprietary wines, Pierce said. The nearly 50 varieties of wine are all available by the bottle or the glass, and range from $17 to $39.

As for the food, the menu is modern, casual dining. All of the dishes, including appetizers and desserts, are paired with a wine, labeled on the menu. Prices at Cooper’s Hawk range from $10 to $30, with items such as short rib risotto and maple, mustard & pretzel-crusted pork medallions.

Cooper’s Hawk’s central wine production facility is in Countryside and was projected to produce more than 175,000 cases of wine last year. It uses grapes from California, Washington, Oregon and Michigan that are crushed, processed and aged in American and French oak barrels.

In addition, Cooper’s Hawk offers a wine of the month club, which gives members a 10 percent discount on wine purchases and a 20 percent discount on cases, but they must buy at least one bottle of wine per month.

The location also will include a Napa-style tasting room and retail area.

There are 11 Cooper’s Hawk locations open, including spots in Indianapolis and Columbus, as well as three other locations listed as coming soon on the company’s website. The first Cooper’s Hawk opened in 2005 outside Chicago. Cooper’s Hawk locations offer lunch and dinner seven days a week.

The Cooper’s Hawk in Cincinnati will be part of Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate Inc.’s development called Kenwood City Place. In addition to the restaurant and winery, the development will include about 17,000 square feet of retail space.

J.R. Anderson, vice president of development for Jeffrey R. Anderson, said he’s currently finalizing plans for the site and hopes to begin site work in the next 30 to 60 days.

Demeropolis is digital producer for the Courier and covers retail and restaurant news.

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