Clinton Twp. approves site plan for winery and restaurant

Location at Partridge Creek first in state

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published October 10, 2017

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 25, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees voted 7-0 to approve a site plan for Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, which is building its first Michigan location at The Mall at Partridge Creek.

The 53.8-acre land parcel, which will stand south of Hall Road and east of Partridge Creek Boulevard, was also unanimously approved by the Clinton Township Planning Commission.

Jennifer Kauffman, director of construction, and Lauren Williams, design manager, spoke on behalf of the company.

Cooper’s Hawk was founded in 2005 by Tim McEnery, offering an immersive Napa Valley-style tasting room combined with full service dining and a wine club.

“We’re a little bit different than any other winery or restaurant you’ve been to before,” Kauffman said. “We like to think we’re redefining the casual fine dining experience.”

The establishment currently exists in eight other states: Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin. It offers what Kauffman referred to as modern American cuisine, including gluten free options and food and wine pairings for customers.

All of its wine is manufactured in Countryside, Illinois, with grapes and fruit coming from places including Oregon, Washington, California and Michigan. It also has international wines from Italy, Spain, Argentina and Australia.

The company is looking to produce 425,000 cases, or 1 million gallons, of wine via its new location. Currently, according to Kauffman, Cooper’s Hawk is the fifth-largest winery outside California.

While waiting for open tables, patrons can try the tasting room or explore other shopping options. Color-coordinated shelves will offer tips on the best pairings of wine and gourmet foods.

“You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy a wine experience,” she said.

Williams spoke about the location’s décor, describing a warm yet sleek style, composed of wood and porcelain. Sound definition will allow people to feel cozy and in their own space.

“We are a clean, modern looking exterior,” Williams said.

Cooper’s Hawk plans to employ between 150 and 200 people, along with approximately 12 local vendors. 

“I’m very impressed,” said Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon. “I think the residents of Macomb County, and actually all of southeast Michigan, are going to be very impressed by this first restaurant of theirs in Michigan.”

Kauffman said the goal was to complete the roof before winter flurries hit, though options were being explored to mitigate weather elements. There’s a plan that the establishment will be open around March.