Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant has announced it will open its first Florida restaurant at MetWest International, MetLife's mixed-use development in the Westshore area of Tampa. A full-service restaurant that serves eclectic, contemporary American cuisine in a winery atmosphere complete with a tasting room, wine club and retail shop, it will be the third new restaurant to come to MetWest International since the opening of the development. East-West concept Kona Grill and the churrascaria chain Texas de Brazil are already open.
It is estimated that the new project will create 125 new jobs in Tampa, with a rigorous service training program that prepares employees to become wine industry professionals. There are currently eight Cooper's Hawk locations, with three additional units poised to open in 2012. Tampa will be the 12th location and the first outside of the Midwest. The restaurant and winery has signed a lease for 11,229 square feet in the project's retail village located across from Tampa International Airport and International Plaza.