Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant To Open At Westfield Southlake In Merrillville In This Summer

Cooper’s hawk winery & restaurant to open at westfield southlake in merrillville this summer popular retailers akira and teavana also to open in westfield southlake this spring
Feb. 14, 2012 - PRLog -- Merrillville, Ind., February 7, 2012 – Westfield Southlake shopping center (2109 Southlake Mall, Merrillville, IN; 219-738-2260) will welcome three important new tenants this spring and summer, with the addition of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, and popular retailers Akira and Teavana. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will open summer 2012, while Akira and Teavana will open their doors in the spring.

Cooper’s Hawk is the first and only combined restaurant and winery in the Midwest and was named “Hot Concept 2010” Winner by Nation’s Restaurant News. “We’re very excited about Cooper’s Hawk coming to Westfield Southlake,” said Lia Osburn, director of marketing for the shopping center. “It is a wonderfully conceived restaurant that will attract the many wine lovers in our area. It has a beautiful winery atmosphere, complete with a tasting room, wine club and retail shop. It’s also a full-service restaurant serving eclectic, contemporary American cuisine. Cooper’s Hawk will delight everyone.”

In addition to offering a new dining experience to the Merrillville area, Cooper’s Hawk will bring an estimated 125 new jobs, with opportunities for employees to advance through a training and development program that includes several levels of wine education. The training program eventually provides staff with the opportunity to begin preparing for the Master Sommelier Exam.

Cooper’s Hawk was founded by Tim McEnery who, after years of working in restaurants and many travels to wine regions across the country, decided to combine his love of food and wine and launch this innovative winery and restaurant concept. “Our goal is to make it fun and easy for people to learn more about wine and food, try new flavors and expand their palates,” said McEnery. “We’ve brought together some of the best talents in winemaking and the culinary arts to create inventive, flavorful food and wine pairings. At the same time, we want to be approachable and affordable.”

Winery Atmosphere Enhances Rich Dining Experience
At Westfield Southlake, guests will be enveloped in warm hues as they are transported to a winery atmosphere that includes a Napa-style tasting room. In the tasting room, visitors will have the opportunity to sample a rotating selection of proprietary wines.

In the dining room, Cooper’s Hawk offers a modern, casual dining experience with professionally trained, inviting staff and a menu created with its handcrafted wines in mind. All of the dishes are paired with a wine, labeled on the menu by bin number, as suggested by the winemaker. Wines range from $17 to $39 a bottle and are also served by the glass. Guests will be treated to imaginative dishes that are rich in flavor. Entrées include chicken, seafood, pasta, pork and beef specialties, and lighter fare includes a wide range of appetizers, salads and soups, specialty entrees and sandwiches.

Cooper’s Hawk main production facility in Countryside, Ill., makes more than 125,000 cases of wine each year for resale and use in its tasting rooms and restaurants. Hand-picked grapes and fruit are brought in from California, Oregon, Washington and Michigan for year-round production. Since opening in 2005, Cooper’s Hawk has received more than 200 wine awards from local, national and international wine competitions.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants’ also has a Wine of the Month Club. Members receive a bottle of a Cooper’s Hawk New Release Wine each month, which is exclusive to Wine Club Members. Cooper’s Hawk gift shop offers an assortment of gift baskets and wine-related accessories, many of which are also available for purchase online at

Akira and Teavana to join the Westfield Southlake family this spring
It will be “teatime for fashionistas” at Westfield Southlake this spring. Akira, a popular retailer of exciting chic men’s and women’s apparel from around the globe and Teavana, a retailer of fine teas, will come to the shopping center.

Akira is a fast-growing collection of boutiques that originated in Chicago and have done extremely well,” said Osburn. “They are known for their unique designs and reasonable prices. It’s a joy to have them join us; Akira will be a very popular shopping destination for our fashion-conscious customers.”

Teavana is a tea-lover’s Nirvana. With its origins in Atlanta, it is one part beautiful tea bar and the other part retail tea emporium, filled with fresh, high quality teas. Teavana chooses its teas after careful research and sells only those teas with rich flavors and superior health benefits. There are more than 150 Teavana locations in the United States and Mexico.

“Teavana will be a very pleasant surprise for people who are health conscious or, simply, love tea,” said Osburn. “Teavana’s tea bar will be a great respite for people who are busily shopping at Westfield Southlake. We also love the fact that our shoppers can purchase a wide variety of delicious and exotic teas to enjoy at home.”

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants
An eclectic combination of winery, restaurants and retail stores, Cooper’s Hawk is the brain-child of entrepreneur Tim McEnery who opened the first restaurant in 2005. Operations have since expanded and include eight locations, with Merrillville, Ind. being the ninth. The unique modern, yet casual dining experience, coupled with an exclusive and active wine club, have led to over 200 wine awards and revenue of $50 million in 2011. To learn more about Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, visit

About Westfield Southlake Shopping Center
Westfield Southlake is conveniently located just east of I-65 on U.S. 30 East in Lake County.  The shopping center is home to Carson Pirie Scott, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gander Mountain, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Sears and over 170 specialty stores and boutiques. Dining options include full-service restaurants Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Olive Garden, Red Robin, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. Fast casual choices include Chipotle, Jamba Juice, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Subway, and a food court with something for everyone. For additional information, visit or call 219-738-2260.

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