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Finishing Touches Being Done on Cooper’s Hawk, Set to Open Aug. 28

by Dave Emke — August 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm 17 Comments

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant will open its new Reston location in 10 days.

A permit to operate the eating establishment at 12130 Sunset Hills Road, in the RTC West commercial development, was issued by Fairfax County this week. Signage outside the front door of the restaurant advertises its Aug. 28 opening, as previously announced.

The 9,365-square-foot restaurant also features a 522-square-foot mezzanine area. It will feature “a lively tasting room and market, indoor dining for 196 guests, outdoor dining for seating for 146, and a private event space that can accommodate up to 44,” according to a press release issued this week by the restaurant. The Reston location — its third in the DC Metro area — will be led by general manager Ryan Delisi and chef Laurence Cohen.

Also from the release:

The concept is built upon [CEO Tim] McEnery’s passionate core belief that food and wine hold the power to forge lasting connections. His restaurants are home to 250,000+ Wine Club members, who enjoy limited production Wines of the Month, travel and dining experiences among other benefits.

[Chef Laurence] Cohen works closely with corporate-based Executive Chef Matt McMillin to ensure the utmost in quality and presentation of the expansive contemporary American menu. Utilizing peak of season ingredients, the restaurant’s scratch kitchen selections include a carefully crafted array of food and wine pairings, each listed with a bin number to guide guests’ selections of their perfect wine match.

The release names some of the restaurant’s menu favorites including candied bacon and artisan cheeses; gnocchi bolognese with braised short rib; Southern hot chicken; pan-roasted barramundi; shrimp and scallop risotto; and wild mushroom-crusted chicken.

In addition, the restaurant’s wide selection from its winery is celebrated in the release:

The company, which imports grapes from the best vineyards across the globe to produce more than 40 varietals in its Countryside, Illinois winery, has been honored with more than 450 wine awards. Crafted to please a range of palates, Cooper’s Hawk wines include selections that are accessible for those new to the world of wine, as well as complex and full-bodied options for more seasoned drinkers. In addition to the wine menu, guests can choose from a selection of craft cocktails and sangrias made with Cooper’s Hawk wine. These include inventive takes on a classic Collins cocktail (Harvest Peach Collins made with Slaughter House Whiskey), a Caipirinha with Cooper’s Hawk Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as creative martinis such as a Blood Orange Paloma Martini (Casa Noble Tequila and Cooper’s Hawk Prosecco).

Beginning Aug. 28, the restaurant will be open at 11 a.m. each day. Closing times are 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 9 p.m. Sundays.

Earlier this summer, Cooper’s Hawk began the process of hiring more than 200 employees for the restaurant. Training of those workers is currently underway.

Work also continues on other buildings in the plaza that will soon house six more restaurants, a nail salon and a Starbucks. The other restaurants on site will include Punjabi by Nature, The Black Squirrel, Honeygrow, BGR The Burger Joint, Mezza Mediterranean Grille and Nando’s Peri-Peri.

The restaurant and retail space is the first phase of development for the site, which is bordered by Town Center Parkway to the east, the W&OD Trail to the north, and the plaza that contains Chick-fil-A, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Chipotle and more to the west. Property owner JBG announced last year that it has further plans for the site, including two multifamily residential buildings and three more office buildings.

  • Willie Reston

    milf central

    • RestonAssurance

      Like Jacksons after hours? ;p

  • I’d Rather Post As A Guest

    hmmm…lots of chain-type fast casual eateries in the RTC West but nothing that stands out so far except perhaps the Cooper’s Hawk winery and feedbag. Apparently suburban diners don’t deserve anything except what we can chow down on during our lunch hours or happy hours. Sad.

    • Bane

      For you

  • Brad

    Yeah but when does Nando’s open? Me and me mates need to get proper cheeky!

    • RVA_101

      Nando’s is opening in RTC West?? Holy lord I’m hype

  • wrxman

    I wonder how hard the staff is going to be pushing wine club memberships?
    Sounds like a very corporate trendy food and wine for the masses themed experience.
    A lot of chains. It’s to bad this is becoming a theme here in Reston.
    I pity the businesses in Lake Anne and South Lakes.
    Cafesano is still a fave for lunch.

    • The Constitutionalist

      Yeah, having multiple options is horrible. Let’s keep it simple with just one or two good places to eat and no more.

  • Big Drop

    Cooper’s Hawk will be an outstanding addition to the Reston Town Center neighborhood which is truly vulnerable right now: this afternoon it was lifeless. Paid parking-not to be redundant-has chased off a lot of people. 85 degrees, sunny on a Saturday afternoon in mid August and less than half the number of people I would have expected. I’ve lived here for 30 years and cannot believe how Boston Properties has built a roadblock to stop Reston. The app, Saturday paid parking for handicap spaces on the street, weekday $2.00 an hour in the garages-they are doing everything in their power to sabotage us. It will be interesting to see how fast the Signature rents. Who will shop in Balducci’s when they have to use an app to park in a garage? Forty units are for sale or rent right now in MidTown: will there be more this Fall? Many condos are 10% or more lower than last year in price: will they continue to lose value with all the rental apartments opening?

    Cooper’s Hawk is an excellent restaurant opening across from the Metro with free parking. They are going to have Jackson’s like success.

    • Generic User

      They’ll be winning so much, they’ll get sick of winning.

      • The Dave

        We will never get sick of winning!

    • Big Drop

      Jackson’s was one of the 100 highest grossing restaurants in the U. S., over $11 million a year. I believe this location of Cooper’s Hawk will challenge that number and offer a very real alternative to the many who stand guard at Jackson’s open bar. I noted last night that Cooper’s Hawk has valet parking. I also didn’t note anyone standing outside of their car with a phone trying to access an app.

      If a single restaurant can rub salt in the wound that paid parking has festered for Boston Properties, this one will.

  • Wings!!

    This sounds really nice, and I’m sure it will be a magnet for the MILFS, but, what Reston really needs is a Hooters.

    #HootersForReston

    • Bill Roberts

      You’re shtick is tiresome

      • Wings!!

        Deal with it cupcake.

        • Bill Roberts

          Cupcake with sprinkles?

  • Anonymous Poster

    Will all the cougars have their own assigned seating, or will the be mixed among the rest of us?

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