WEST SHORE — Midwesterners may be familiar with Cooper's Hawk when it opens its first Florida location in the MetWest complex opposite International Plaza.
The Illinois company's concept — a combination restaurant and winery — comes to the West Shore District on March 11. Also in the mix: a wine club and retail shop.
For lunch and dinner, signature entrees include a trio of filet mignon medallions, pistachio-crusted grouper and mustard short ribs, with all menu items created to be paired with a Cooper's Hawk handcrafted wine. Several gluten-free and 600-calories-and-under dishes are offered.
For a Napa-style tasting, step into the winery. Try a rich Italian Barbera or a semidry, floral Gewurztraminer. Or do you fancy a fruit wine, perhaps apricot or rhubarb? Tastings start at $7 for eight pours. In Ormond Park, Ill., Cooper's Hawk Winery produces nearly 50 kinds of wine from handpicked grapes that are crushed, processed and aged in wooden barrels.
Membership in the Wine of the Month Club costs $18.99 a month. Members pick up one bottle a month or pay a fee for delivery. They are also invited to classes, parties and events.
Food, wine and custom gift baskets can be purchased in the Cooper's Hawk gift shop.
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant, at 4110 W Boy Scout Blvd., will be open 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The tasting room opens at 11 a.m. daily and has the same closing hours as the restaurant. Call (813) 873-9463 or visit coopershawkwinery.com.
Cigar, brew and a haircut: That's the Mancave
Darren Alvarez is a triple threat: licensed barber, cigar roller and entrepreneur. Opening the Mancave Cigar Lounge and Barbershop on S Dale Mabry, south of Bay to Bay Boulevard, uses all the Tampa native's talents.
Alvarez took up the family cigar rolling tradition about five years ago, and began barber training three years ago.
"Since I have built a clientele of athletes, attorneys and doctors, I thought of this one-of-a-kind man cave — an old-school barber-type atmosphere where they can get their hair cut, shoes shined, smoke cigars," he said.
The 1,200-square-foot shop opens into a lounge where beer and wine will be served. Walk through double glass doors and find "all of the best labels of cigars," Alvarez said. Past that are tables for playing dominoes and poker and two barber stations offering full service: hair cuts, hot towel shaves and shoulder and scalp messages.
Prices are similar to most barbershops, with additional fees for amenities. Beer and wine tastings are planned, including special nights for military personnel and first responders.
"We're booking hair appointments now and selling cigar memberships and renting cigar lockers," Alvarez said. The official grand opening is April 1.
The Mancave Cigar Lounge and Barbershop is settling in at 3408 S Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 374-2196 or visit mancavetampa.com.
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