The Cooper is a farm-to-table restaurant specializing in the finest foods and beverages sourced whenever possible from local farms, food artisans, small-batch distillers, and craft brewers. Founded by noted restaurateur Richard Rosenthal, The Cooper provides a warm, upscale dining experience, mixing sustainable seasonal dishes with an innovative take on classic American cuisine.
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Managing PartnerWilliam Penenori
After graduating from Florida State University with a major in hospitality, Mr. Penenori has been managing restaurants for over 25 years. He has been a General Manager for several major restaurants in the South Florida area since the early 90's and is well familiarized with Palm Beach Gardens.
Some of the restaurants William has managed include L&N Seafood, J.Alexander's, Abe & Louie's and Houston's. He enjoys getting involved with local charities and helping with the local community programs and looks forward to this new and exciting venture.
In his free time, Will spends most days outdoors and trying new places to dine with his beautiful wife Liz, his daughter Katerina, and son Willie.
Executive ChefJP Van Houten
Executive Chef J.P. Van Houten is part of the original culinary team at The Cooper. Raised in a family of artists in South Florida, he discovered early that his talents lay in the culinary arts.
Chef J.P. started in the restaurant business as a busser at the age of 15. He worked his way up through the ranks, eventually enrolling at Florida Culinary Institute. His creativity and ability to thrive in a high-energy atmosphere led to his success at various restaurants, including Catch 22, Max’s Grille, and the historic Sundy House in Delray Beach.
As a leader at The Cooper, Chef J.P. enjoys encouraging emerging talent and helping them to build their careers. When he’s not in the kitchen, he spends as much time as possible with his daughters.
The Cooper Restaurant
4610 PGA Boulevard, Suite 100
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
The Cooper Restaurant Corporate Office
249 Pearl Street, 2nd Fl.
Hartford, CT 06103
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