Cooper’s Hawk coming to Oak Park featured in Crain’s

Cooper’s Hawk CEO Tim McEnery, right, and his father, Leonard.

 

Cooper’s Hawk coming to Oak Park featured in Crain’s Chicago Business

 

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant plans to move into the entire ground floor of a new luxury apartment building near Oak Park’s downtown.

The Countryside-based restaurant and winery chain, which now has more than 20 locations, including seven in suburban Chicago, signed a long-term lease for the space at 150 N. Forest Ave., where it will operate a restaurant, bar, tasting room, “artisan market” and a private events space. It also will have outdoor dining.

While it wasn’t immediately clear how large the restaurant will be, previous advertisements for the property peg the first-floor retail space at about 12,500 square feet. The typical Cooper’s Hawk restaurant seats about 300 people and has a Cheesecake Factory-like feeling. Menus skew toward American staples, such as burgers, flatbreads, grilled meats and entree salads.

Each restaurant grosses north of $8 million per year. Cooper’s Hawk, which makes its wine in Countryside from grapes grown in California, Oregon, Washington, New York and Michigan, also has one of the largest—if not the largest—wine clubs in the United States with more than 163,000 members as of December.

Its upcoming Oak Park location will be the anchor retail tenant of a new $90 million 21-story, 270-unit building developed by Golub & Co. and Wood Partners. Known as Vantage Oak Park, the apartment building also will have an immediate care center and medical offices for Edward-Elmhurst Health, which will occupy the building’s second floor.

News that Cooper’s Hawk will move into the near-west suburb comes a day after it lost one of its flagship restaurants. Marion Street Market, a 12-year-old restaurant and market at 100 S. Marion St., closed abruptly Sept. 4. The restaurant, which recently underwent some $500,000 in renovations, was recognized in the past by Michelin as a good value.

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