A new restaurant has popped the cork at Short Pump.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant opens on Monday outside Short Pump Town Center. The 11,500-square-foot restaurant and winery is the privately owned brand’s first in Virginia.
The 47 wines sold at Copper’s Hawk will either come from the company’s winery in Illinois or from aging barrels that will be on site at the Short Pump location. The lengthy menu includes steak, seafood, sandwiches and salads.
“We bring in grapes from California, Washington and Oregon and process the wines in our winery along with some wine production at our restaurants,” said Tim McEnery, CEO of Cooper’s Hawk.
The Short Pump restaurant is the 18th Cooper’s Hawk location since McEnery opened the first in 2005 in Illinois. Its other locations are in the Midwest and Florida. Four more are slated for next year including a location in Ashburn, Va., McEnery said.
“When the opportunity for Short Pump came up, it was a no-brainer for our first location on the East Coast,” he said.
McEnery said it cost about $5 million to open the Richmond location, which seats about 300. In addition to a dining room and bar, the Short Pump Cooper’s Hawk has a wine tasting room and a retail store.
The land is owned by QIC, Forest City Enterprises and local developer Pruitt Associates. Those firms also own Short Pump Town Center.
The West End shopping mall has seen some changes in its dining scene in recent months. In August, the Chili’s just outside the mall closed after more than a decade in business. And in September, Richmond restaurateur Kevin Healy announced plans to open a new location of his Boathhouse concept at Short Pump.