Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants Announces Jo-El Qunilan as New Executive Vice President of Development

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants Announces Jo-El Qunilan as New Executive Vice President of DevelopmentCooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, a distinguished multi-unit winery and restaurant, is excited to announce a new addition to their corporate executive team. Jo-El Quinlan joins the team as Executive Vice President of Development. Quinlan’s respective expertise in the industry will help support Cooper’s Hawk as they experience strong growth patterns.

Quinlan comes with a wealth of experience, having spent the last 10 years as Senior Vice President at Darden Restaurants Inc., a multi-brand restaurant operator of several casual dining and fine dining restaurant chains with total sales exceeding $6B. There, she was responsible for all of Darden Real Estate activity including planning and directing real estate efforts for national brands like Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and Longhorn Steakhouse.

As Executive Vice President of Development at Cooper’s Hawk, Jo-El Quinlan will be responsible for all development activities including market planning, real estate, design, construction and asset management. “We are experiencing tremendous growth as a brand – and Jo-El brings a ton of knowledge and a proven model of success that will help us through this growth spurt.” said Cooper’s Hawk’s Founder & CEO, Tim McEnery. “We are most excited to have her expertise in real estate as we continue to seek new restaurant opportunities around the country.”

About Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants
Redefining the modern casual dining experience, Cooper’s Hawk is an unparalleled combination of restaurant, winery, Napa-style tasting room, and artisanal retail market. The innovative concept partners with some of the best grape growers in the world to craft the award-winning Cooper’s Hawk wine collection. Additionally, Cooper’s Hawk boasts one of the country’s largest Wine Clubs, a life-style driven monthly affiliation offering exclusive wines, events, and privileges.

Helmed by CEO and Founder Tim McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk was first uncorked in Orland Park, Illinois in 2005. Operations have since expanded to twenty locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin, with up to five additional units slated for construction through 2016.

Cooper’s Hawk has received accolades such as ‘Breakout Brand’ and ‘Hot Concept’ by Nation’s Restaurant News. In 2014, the concept was profiled by the Wall Street Journal and Tim McEnery was named Ernst & Young’s ‘Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year.’

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