Big Changes at a Neighborhood Favorite
By Kristen Margo Daukas
When the local owners of the Wyndham Garden Hotel decided they wanted to create a new restaurant in the hotel, they began searching for a restaurant that was already well known with established regulars, that served good food, and also had nightlife activities. They approached the owners of Cooper’s Ale House two years ago to partner with them, and they made their move from Market Street to the current location at 415 S. Swing Road in Greensboro.
With Cooper’s being located inside the hotel, the kitchen services not just local diners but the hotel guests as well, providing room service from 4:00p until the kitchen closes at 1:45am. The original menu has recently been streamlined in an effort to focus on the high quality, most popular items, as well as the addition of new ones. Some of the new items include Colossal Potato Skins, Carolina BBQ Pork Sliders, Mini All-American Burgers, and a variety of Flatbreads that are in addition to their original pizzas.
When asked what their most popular menu items were, general manager Mike Cash listed them as all of their custom burgers, sandwiches, appetizer combo platters, cheese fries, and the newly added New York Surfing and Turfing which is a 10 ounce New York Strip steak and a shrimp skewer. Of course, they also have a fully stocked bar with 13 beers on tap, many of which feature NC beers as well as carrying a few local wines.
If you haven’t been in Cooper’s recently, you’re going to see some big changes the next time you visit! They’ve completely redone all the flooring and have added one of Greensboro’s largest covered patios, which includes 2 outdoor pool tables and TVs for your viewing pleasures. Future modifications will include new paint and the addition of 2 large windows in the dining room.
Speaking of viewing pleasures, with over 30 TVs, there is no better place to make your NFL and Fantasy Football League headquarters than Cooper’s! A few of the larger football fan clubs already call Cooper’s their home and frequently utilize the banquet rooms in the hotel to cheer their teams on. During football season they offer food and beverage specials for both Sunday games as well as Monday Night Football. Rumor has it they may also be offering contests and giveaways during game days!
On Tuesdays and Fridays, Karaoke fans are invited to come and share their talents but if singing isn’t your thing, you’ll be happy to know that the live bands on Wednesdays and Saturdays have got you covered and an open mic night is being considered! Guests can play pool on one of the four pool tables or play darts. There are plans to hopefully start dart leagues in the near future.
Cooper’s often works with local private groups to plan events, and many of the nearby local businesses do this on a frequent basis. Guests can work directly with the restaurant staff to arrange their banquet room, as well as the food and beverage that will be served. Recently Cooper’s played host to the “The Day We Found Sherri” foundation as they celebrated their 10th Year Founder’s Day Anniversary. This event had two separate programs – one at lunch and one at dinner and drew in hundreds of attendees which helped raise money and awareness for this amazing organization who helps domestic abuse victims reclaim their lives.
In addition to the restaurant and room service options, Cooper’s also offers takeout and catering. For a full list of their food and beverage specials as well as the menu, visit Cooper’s online at www.coopersalehousenc.com. Also be sure to like their Facebook page for daily updates on events and happenings – fb.com/coopersalehousenc
Make sure you join the Grand Opening celebration of the new covered patio on Wednesday, August 8th. There will be live music, a fully stocked bar outside, food and drink specials, and door prizes throughout the entire event. Definitely a great way to spend time with your friends and meet new ones!
Not in Greensboro? Residents of Winston-Salem and Raleigh should keep their eyes open as the owners are looking to expand into those areas in the future!