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Cooper's Hawk

An image of a barrel-aging room at a Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant, which is opening a location in Town and Country in early 2014. Handout photo. 

Cooper's Hawk, an upscale-casual restaurant and winery, will open in about a year next to Target and Whole Foods in the Town & Country Crossing shopping plaza. 

The shopping center's owner, Michigan-based Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, announced this month that the new restaurant would be about 9,000 square feet, made up of existing vacancies as well as new development next to the plaza. 

"The concept includes an upscale-casual dining restaurant, private barrel-aging room and Napa Valley-style tasting room," according to a news release from the trust. 

Cooper's Hawk is a Chicago-based chain that opened in 2005 and currently has 11 restaurants, including one in Kansas City.

The Cooper's Hawk concept is similar to EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery, which recently announced it will open a second St. Louis-area location, in that it purchases grapes or juice and creates its own private-label wine blends. 

The restaurant is expected to open in early 2014 at 1000-1272 Town and Country Crossing Drive. 

Ramco-Gershenson bought Town & Country Crossing for $38 million in 2011. The group also owns Central Plaza in Ballwin, which it bought in June for about $21 million. 

Those two properties are part of 80 shopping centers in Ramco-Gershenson's portfolio, which includes about 15 million square feet of space spread over 13 states.