Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is bringing its unique blend of a full restaurant inside a winery setting to Chandler.
Its doors open to the public at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, for lunch with last seating at 9 p.m., according to a release.
Cooper’s Hawk will be in the Chandler Fashion Center at 3325 Chandler Blvd. It will be the brand’s second west coast location with the Scottsdale restaurant opening in December 2020.
“My team and I are excited to be opening our second west coast location in Chandler,” Founder and CEO Tim McEnery said in the release. “At Cooper’s Hawk we do not believe wine should be intimidating or complicated. Our focus is on creating great tasting wine and helping our guests discover the ones that suit their taste. We create the wine first, then the menu. Our chefs develop dishes that pair best with each wine. Our guests tell us their dining experience is unique and unforgettable.”
Cooper’s Hawk is a privately owned company with 46 locations in the U.S., with its Chandler location the company’s 47th restaurant.
Kelsey Kramer is the general manager of the Chandler Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant. She began her career with Cooper’s Hawk in Ashburn, Virginia, as a bartender. Kramer advanced her career into management positions for other Virginia locations and served as assistant GM in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Rockville, Maryland, locations, the release states.
“I am beyond thrilled to be able to bring my experience of working on the East Coast to Arizona,“ Kramer said in the release.
Reflecting on some of the challenges of the pandemic this past year, Kramer states, “With the changes we have experienced in recent times, we have had to reevaluate what matters most. At Cooper’s Hawk we want to provide our guests with meaningful experiences that make them want to come back.”
Each Cooper’s Hawk location welcomes its guests by having them first enter through its Napa style tasting room and gift store. Guests may enjoy a wine tasting with experienced sommeliers guiding them through the experience, the release states.
Guests are then escorted to the expansive dining area suitable for both leisurely dining and business meetings, a full-service bar and a large open-air covered patio complete with misters to keep guests cool on warm days. There are also two private dining rooms that can be combined to host events up to 48 people. This private space is equipped with audio and visual capabilities fitting for any private party. Each menu, including one that is gluten free, features dishes that pair naturally with Cooper’s Hawk wines.
Since 2005, Cooper’s Hawk has received more than 500 wine awards from various local, national and international wine competitions. The wines are made and aged at the company’s main winery in Illinois and served at locations on-site. While well-established throughout the Midwest, Cooper’s Hawk also has locations from Michigan to Florida, along the east coast.
The first Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant opened in Orland Park, Illinois, in 2005.
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