Cooper?€™s Hawk Winery & Restaurant is an upscale/casual wine-themed restaurant with a full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, Napa Valley-style tasting room and gift store. The new location at the Cornerstone of Centerville is the Dayton-area's first.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant now open

The 12,500-square-foot eatery at the Cornerstone of Centerville development is the first Dayton location.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant — the upscale/casual wine-themed restaurant with a full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, Napa Valley-style tasting room and gift store — has opened its first Dayton-area location in the Cornerstone of Centerville development today.

The restaurant opened on Monday, Aug. 26.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, located in the Cornerstone of Centerville, opens Monday, Aug. 26. The upscale/casual wine-themed restaurant has a full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, Napa Valley-style tasting room and gift store. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Cooper’s Hawk operates locations in Liberty Center in Butler County as well as restaurants in Cincinnati and Columbus. The Centerville restaurant is the 39th location for the expanding restaurant group. 

The restaurant hired about 160 people prior to opening, a Cooper’s Hawk spokeswoman said.

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Cooper’s Hawk had a few invitation/soft opening events in the days prior to the Aug. 26 opening to the public.

Visitors walk through the front door into a wine-tasting bar and retail shop that mimics a Napa Valley winery’s tasting room. Visitors can order flights or individual tastes and peruse the chocolate truffles case and wine accessories. Retail wine racks are filled with the 35 to 40 wines sold under the Cooper’s Hawk private label, utilizing grapes and juice sourced mostly from California and Washington State, with smaller amounts coming from international wine-producing regions.

A separate bar area serves beer, wine and full-strength cocktails, some of which utilize wine as an ingredient.

A couple of highlights from the extensive menu include the Crispy Brussels Sprouts  appetizer, blended with mint, a sesame-Sriracha aioli and cashews, that will change your mind about Brussels sprouts; a Pan-Roasted Barramundi fish entree served with sauteed green beans, grape tomatoes and Thai-Lemongrass sauce; and a decadently rich Cooper’s Hawk Chocolate Cake with hazelnut ganache and Valrhona chocolate.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, located in the Cornerstone of Centerville, opens Monday, Aug. 26. On the dessert menu is Cooper's Hawk chocolate cake made with valrhona chocolate, hazelnut ganache and vanilla ice cream. They also have a lemon ice wine cheesecake made with macerated berries and toasted graham cracker. LISA POWELL / STAFF

***PREVIOUS UPDATE (June 21, 2019)*** 

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants announced this morning, Friday June 21 that it has begun hiring for a projected 160 positions at its Cornerstone of Centerville restaurant that is scheduled to open in August. 

In conjunction with the opening, Cooper’s Hawk will host two hiring fairs, each extending over two days. The first hiring fair is July 2 and July 3, and the second is scheduled for July 23-24. Both fairs will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hiring trailer in the new restaurant’s site, in The Village at Cornerstone development at 5220 Cornerstone North Blvd. 

“We are searching for team members with a passion for wine, food and first-class hospitality,” Tim McEnery, founder and CEO of Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurants, said in a release. “Since we are introducing our innovative concept and wines to the Dayton area, we want team members who can serve as the restaurant’s ambassadors and educate diners on what makes Cooper’s Hawk so unique.” 

 Full-time and part-time positions are available, including kitchen staff, tasting room attendants, servers, hosts and bartenders. Interested candidates who are unable to attend the job fairs may also apply online by visiting Centerville.applyat.ch or texting “CHCenter” to 77948. 

The Centerville restaurant is the 39th location for the expanding restaurant group. 

 ***PREVIOUS UPDATE (Feb. 20, 2019)***

The developer of the Cornerstone of Centerville development announced that Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant has purchased two acres and re-affirmed its plans to build a 12,500-square-foot restaurant at the site. 

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If all goes as planned, the new restaurant will open in late summer 2019 in the portion of the development known as The Village at Cornerstone, according to a release from Oberer Companies. A spokeswoman for Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant told this news outlet that the project was a “go,” and the announcement by Oberer says the restaurant chain has taken ownership of the property where the restaurant will be built.

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“Our vision has always been to bring a full-service, upscale casual dining restaurant to our project,” Chris Conley, president/partner of Oberer Realty Services, said in the release. “Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant has an excellent reputation for great food and service, and their wine club is very popular with their guests.”

The restaurant will include a patio for outdoor dining, Napa-style tasting room and valet parking, and will employ about 180, Oberer officials said.

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Oberer also is breaking ground this spring on a 6,000-square-foot, fully-leased retail building and is pre-leasing an additional 10,000 square feet which will eventually be the final retail project of the Cornerstone North development, according to the release.

*** PREVIOUS UPDATE (Jan. 15, 2019) ***

The area in and around the Cornerstone of Centerville development has attracted several new-to-the-market restaurants in recent years, and if all goes well with the upcoming construction season, it will add one more late in the year: Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

Plans call for building a 281-seat, 11,750-square-foot restaurant on a 2.1-acre lot on Cornerstone North Blvd.

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“Weather pending, we should be open just in time for the holiday season,” Cooper’s Hawk marketing manager Ami Vanderhoof told this news outlet.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant operates a location in Liberty Center in Butler County as well as two other Ohio restaurants in Cincinnati and Columbus, and is putting in another new location in suburban Cleveland. 

Each Cooper’s Hawk location includes an upscale casual dining restaurant, full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, and Napa Valley-style tasting room and retail gift store. Founded in Orland Park, Ill., in 2005, Cooper’s Hawk now has more than two dozen locations nationwide. 

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Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern, Panda Express, CoreLife Eatery, and Which Wich Superior Sandwiches are among the restaurant chains that chose Cornerstone of Centerville to make their Dayton-area debuts. 

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant held a Grand Opening preview luncheon at their new Liberty Center location, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Photo: Greg Lynch

*** FIRST REPORT (5/31/18)

Plans continue to move ahead for a new Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant in the Cornerstone of Centerville development.

Cooper’s Hawk applied for a full liquor license on Wednesday, Nov. 7, according to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control’s web site this morning.

Site plans for the Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant in Cornerstone of Centerville were approved in early September by the Centerville Planning  Commission contingent on a minor modification, and the retail center's developer said at the time the wine-themed eatery will anchor a new portion of the center.

The site plans call for a 281-seat, 11,750-square-foot restaurant to be built on a 2.1-acre lot on Cornerstone North Blvd.

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Chris Conley, president/partner of Oberer Realty Services, an affiliate of Cornerstone’s developer, previously told us contracts have been signed for the new Cooper’s Hawk restaurant, although the real-estate transaction necessary for the project to launch has not yet closed.

“We were pleased to get the plans approved with conditions,” Conley said. “We are excited to have them anchor the Cornerstone Village area.”

Andrew Rodney, city planner and zoning administrator for the city of Centerville, said the planning commission approved site plans contingent upon the developer working “to make improvements to the proposed architectural exterior to better integrate the building within the village environment.”

“I would not anticipate that process to delay the project,” Rodney said.

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant held a Grand Opening preview luncheon at their new Liberty Center location, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Photo: Greg Lynch

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant operates a location in Liberty Center in Butler County as well as two other Ohio restaurants in Cincinnati and Columbus, and is putting in another new location in suburban Cleveland. 

When asked in late May 2018 whether a new Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant may be coming to the Cornerstone of Centerville development, Cooper’s Hawk Marketing Manager Ami Vanderhoof said, “We do like the community, and are exploring options ... .” At that time, no contracts had been signed.

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Cooper’s Hawk wine list is rather extensive - all from the restaurant’s own brand. (Meghan McCarthy / Palm Beach Post)
Photo: Palm Beach Post Food Editor

The Phase III Cornerstone North plans near the Interstate 675-Wilmington Pike interchange called for an unnamed “new user” to build there. At the time, officials with Oberer Development, developer of Cornerstone, declined to disclose details of the unnamed new user.

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Attracting Cooper’s Hawk represents another significant retail win for Cornerstone of Centerville, which has shown a knack for attracting restaurant chains that are new to the Dayton-area market. 

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern, Panda Express, CoreLife Eatery, and Which Wich Superior Sandwiches chose Cornerstone of Centerville to make their Dayton-area debuts. MOD Pizza announced plans to open its first Dayton-area location in Cornerstone, but ended up opening an Englewood location before its Cornerstone restaurant.

The upscale diningng room at Cooper’s Hawk restaurant at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens is spacious, yet welcoming. (Meghan McCarthy / Palm Beach Post)
Photo: Palm Beach Post Food Editor

Founded in Orland Park, Ill., in 2005, Cooper’s Hawk now has more than two dozen locations nationwide. Each Cooper’s Hawk includes an upscale casual dining restaurant, full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, and Napa Valley-style tasting room and retail gift store. 

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