The popular Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant is coming to Wesley Chapel!
While no official announcement has been made, the Neighborhood News has learned that plans are in place for Cooper’s Hawk to be built at the northwest corner of S.R. 56 and Lajuana Blvd. (the road that leads to the Wiregrass Ranch Sports Campus of Pasco County). The new restaurant will be constructed just east of the existing Culver’s restaurant.
We’ve also learned that a second upscale restaurant also is planned for that area, but that will happen sometime after Cooper’s Hawk. With Wiregrass Ranch Blvd. nearing completion from S.R. 56 north to S.R. 54, look for the Wiregrass Ranch area to be busy in the coming months with a host of new developments.
Cooper’s Hawk, which is highly-rated by those leaving reviews online, is known for its modern décor, a menu specializing in contemporary American dishes infused with flavors from around the world and made in a scratch kitchen, and, of course, its huge variety of red, white, rosé and sparkling wines.
Cooper’s Hawk has its own wine club with 350,000 members strong, and a popular Napa-style wine tasting room that is the highlight of the trip to the restaurant for many. High-end decanters, wine accessories, deluxe chocolates and other gifts are for sale in its artisan market, too.
Cooper’s Hawk makes its own wines — roughly 60 different kinds — and the menu offers suggestions which are intended to pair with whatever seasonal dish you order, whether it be the prime churrasco grilled steak, bourbon lacquered BBQ pork chops or pistachio-crusted grouper.
According to its website, since it was founded in 2005 in Illinois by CEO Tim McEnery as that state’s first winery/restaurant, Cooper’s Hawk has received over 500 wine awards from various local, national, and international wine competitions.
In 2021, it was named by USA Today as the top winery restaurant in the U.S. in a reader’s survey.
There currently are 45 Cooper’s Hawk locations in 10 states, including more than a dozen in Florida. The nearest, and only other Tampa-area Cooper’s Hawk, is located on Boy Scout Blvd. near the International Plaza in the Westshore Business District.