Cornerstone of Centerville adds another restaurant concept new to the Dayton area market.

NEW DETAILS: Cooper’s Hawk clears key hurdle to open new restaurant in Centerville

National chain purchases acreage at Cornerstone of Centerville to open 12,500-square-foot eatery, tasting room

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

The developer of the Cornerstone of Centerville development announced today 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. 

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 last month that the project was a “go,” and the today’s 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.

>> RELATED: New Cooper’s Hawk winery, restaurant poised to open in Butler County

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.

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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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