Following a media sneak peek Thursday, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant enjoyed its grand opening March 14th at 11905 U.S. 41 N. in North Naples.
Asked to elaborate on the restaurant’s concept, General manager Ryan Quisenberry said the answer could be found in the upscale-casual eatery’s name.
“It’s not just a restaurant, and it’s not just a winery. It’s both,” he said.
For guests, Quisenberry said the two-pronged approach should be immediately apparent upon stepping through the front doors. “The first thing people will see is a pure, Napa-style tasting room, where they’re greeted with an assortment of more than 50 different wines they should feel free to taste before entering the dining room, where many different fusion-cooking styles combine to provide a lot of different dining options in a modern, casual environment,” he said.
With well-known locations in seven states, Quisenberry said the local Cooper’s Hawk would look to replicate that success in Southwest Florida.
“The challenge for us with our business, since we’re brand-new to the area, is being able to get our name out there and spreading the word,” he said. “Unless they are vacationers from another part of the country, a lot of people might not know who we are, so we want to share that information about our company and what we stand for.”
Asked to use one word to define what the company stands for, Quisenberry didn’t hesitate with his reply.
“That would be ‘community,’ ” he said. “For us, it’s all about upholding the four pillars of our core values: We care about people. We’re different. We’re committed to being the best. And have fun and celebrate.”