Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, a national chain based in suburban Chicago, plans to open a location in Clive. Architectural rendering by Aria Group

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, an upscale restaurant with wine tasting rooms and clubs, plans to open a location at 12801 University Ave. at Clive, a spokesperson for the national restaurant chain confirmed.

The restaurant is among three new restaurants in the Des Moines area that plan to open in 2022 or early 2023. A fourth, St. Kilda’s, is opening a new location in a mall in Clive.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, headquartered in Orland Park, Illinois, is planned on the site formerly occupied by Granite City Food & Brewery. Granite City, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, closed in March 2020 after its parent company filed for bankruptcy.

Cooper’s Hawk was founded in 2005 by Tim McEnery and now has over 45 locations nationwide. Seven new restaurants, including Clive’s, are expected to open in 2022 and early 2023, according to the restaurant website.

The company has signed a lease for space in a restaurant that will replace the site’s current structure, the spokesperson said. A Clive official said the site’s existing building would be razed and replaced with an 11,300 square foot structure with a 600 square foot patio.

A plan submitted to the city shows that the building will include pinot noir and chardonnay rooms, a tasting bar and a retail area where wine bottled by Cooper’s Hawk will be sold. Also included will be a bar and dining area, as well as a main dining area with tables and booths.

The site plan is currently being reviewed by City staff. The Clive Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council must approve the site plan before construction can begin.

The property is owned by Premier Cos., located in Urbandale.

Two other new restaurants in the region are also planned:

  • Cinnaholic Gourmet Cinnamon Rolls opens a store at 505 E. Grand Ave. in Des Moines. The building’s tenants include the clothing store Raygun. In mid-December, the city issued a building permit worth $300,000 to redevelop space on the ground floor of the building. Cinnaholic, founded in 2009 in Berkeley, Calif., bills itself as the only gourmet bakery that allows customers to customize cinnamon rolls with over 20 frosting flavors and over 20 topping choices. In April 2021, the company announced plans to open 100 new locations in the United States by 2025. At the time of the announcement, the company had 54 locations.
  • thin chickens opens a restaurant at 1730 N. Ankeny Blvd. in Ankeny. The restaurant is expected to open in May, according to a spokesperson. In early December, the city of Ankeny issued a building permit worth $1.2 million for the construction of the new restaurant. Slim Chickens opened its first restaurant in 2003 in Fayetteville, Ark., focusing on fresh food with a southern twist in a fast, casual setting. The company has locations in 26 states and plans to add more than 600 restaurants over the next 10 years, according to a press release.

In related news, St. Kilda Cafe and Bakery opens a restaurant in a strip mall at 12695 University Ave. to Clive. The space was previously occupied by Table 128, which moved to downtown Des Moines. A building permit worth $135,000 was issued in November to remodel approximately 2,425 square feet of space in the Clive Mall.