Soon, Gardens Mall patrons will be able to take a break from shopping and expand their wine palates at an upscale-casual wine store and restaurant.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant is set to open on the second floor of The Gardens Mall near Sears. It is expected to open April 17.
The 10,000-square-foot storefront features a California wine country-inspired restaurant, alongside a bar lounge, Napa-style tasting room and gift store, which will feature wine barrels, bottles and retail products.
After nearly three years of scouting for a location in the Palm Beach County area, the restaurant finally landed a spot in what was formerly Anthropologie. The foot traffic, restaurants and retail outlets of the mall seemed to be a perfect fit for the Chicago-based wine room, according to General Manager Al Markovich.
“We love the people down in Florida and the community we’ve built,” he said. “It’s been a great market for us, so we looked for great places to grow in Florida, and I know Palm Beach Gardens is a place we’ve been scouting out for a while.”
Although the expertly wine-paired menu and concept will remain the same, Markovich said The Gardens Mall’s restaurant will be Cooper’s Hawk’s first site located fully inside a mall setting.
“Outside from being in a mall, it’s going to be as great as all our other locations,” he said.
Cooper’s Hawk will be open for both lunch and dinner, allowing guests to order from the menu of contemporary American dishes. Highlights include bourbon-lacquered barbecue pork chops, soy ginger salmon, gnocchi carbonara, and Southern-grilled shrimp with polenta.
Dishes will be listed with a bin number—referring to where the wine is stored—which will guide guests to their perfect wine pairing. Entrees range anywhere from $16.99 to $32.99, and appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and desserts will also be featured on the menu.
Guests should also check out the award-winning wine selection, which is produced in Cooper’s Hawk’s own winery. The company sources nearly 20 tons of wine grapes from California, Washington, Oregon and other grape-growing regions, and wine selections range anywhere from $6.50 to $13 per glass, and $21.99 to $47.99 per bottle.
Each Cooper’s Hawk location is individually designed based on community influences, but all maintain a modern, yet causal ambiance. The local restaurant’s decor will feature sleek, dark-toned furniture, as well as rustic wood accents and overhead spotlights to create ideal contemporary, artistic lighting.
With 200 seats available indoors in the main dining area, a covered patio outdoors will seat an additional 50 guests.
The restaurant also offers a monthly Wine Club, giving members the first taste of newly released wines each month, exclusive discounts, points on purchases, birthday rewards and a Wine Club newsletter. Two parking spots in the mall will be reserved for “Wine of the Month Club” pickup and carryout, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Cooper’s Hawk is currently hiring locally, and with a recruitment center located a few doors away from the new location, potential applicants are welcome to apply in person or online.
“It’s all about creating an experience and a community within our building,” Markovich said.