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Bountiful food and drinks among family and friends

Copia’s new location is open at 7822 Bonhomme Ave. in Clayton.

When it comes to unique dining in St. Louis, Copia has stood out since it’s inception. Before opening its current restaurant location in Des Peres near West County Center in the former Elephant Bar space, Copia was a downtown winery with the city’s first ever retractable roof on its rear patio.

Named after the Roman goddess of abundance, Copia has become just as infamous to West County residents for its progressive American cuisine and wine bar, as well as its patio and banquet space. Dishes like Copia’s Gumbo featuring an ocean of fresh seafood and its four cuts of the Chef’s Famous Slow-Roasted Prime Rib have kept customers coming back since its opening in 2018.

According to co-owner Amer Hawatmeh, Copia features the largest restaurant wine list in St. Louis, complete with retail-based prices. Over 900 varieties are available for patrons to choose from; about 40 are served by the glass.

“Copia is all about creating value for people who appreciate what we do,” Hawatmeh said.

That value and devotion to quality has earned Copia multiple awards, including a Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator and the Diner’s Choice Award from OpenTable.

“Copia’s slogan is pretty simple,” Hawatmeh said. “You come in as a guest, you eat as a friend, and by the time you leave, we want to make you part of the family.”

Now, Copia also has come to Clayton. Hawatmeh has collaborated with business partner Eyad Tammas and opened an upscale lounge with DJs and live entertainment at 7822 Bonhomme Ave.

The location has already received a 2019 Diner’s Choice Award from OpenTable. That’s because the same delicious dishes and drinks that faithful customers have come to know also will be featured and, of course, the Clayton location will offer late night happy hours on its spacious

“We’re more than a restaurant that feeds you,” Hawatmeh said. “You can come here, drink a bottle of wine and sit. If you want to dance, wonderful! But the atmosphere is not loud and it’s
not obnoxious.”

If the launch of the new Clayton location is favorably received, the plan is to infuse its late night vibe into the West County location.

“We’re going to take it up a notch,” Hawatmeh said.

According to Hawatmeh, part of Copia’s legacy persists at the Clayton location: its emphasis on making customers feel like family.

“From the generals to the police officers to the attorneys to the judges and to the guy who works in a factory, these are my friends,” Hawatmeh said. “I do what I do for my customers.”

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