Gainesville Firebirds Previews Restaurant for Residents

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments | Bristow Biz

Firebirds signature steaks, chicken and seafood are all born on their trademark grill, prepared by chefs who are also certified butchers.

Residents who have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the newest restaurant at the Promenade at Virginia Gateway in Gainesville will not have to wait much longer. Firebirds, the polished casual dining restaurant and bar, will open to the public Wednesday.

Firebirds, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, held an invitation-only soft opening Thursday evening to introduce residents to their dining concept. Corporate officers, including CEO Mark Eason, were present to welcome guests and enjoy the opening celebration.

Firebirds offers a unique dining experience in several ways. Most of their entrees are cooked on a wood fire grill. The restaurant serves what they tout to be the best steak and wine pairings anywhere in the area.

The wood grill enhances the savory flavor of Firebirds’ steak, seafood or chicken dishes and creates a distinctive aroma that wafts throughout the Promenade. However, not only does the wood fire grill bring out the flavor of the food, but it enhances the dining experience as well.

Residents have been waiting patiently for Firebirds Wood Fired Grill to open received special previews of the restaurant food Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

According to V.P. of Marketing Stephen Loftis, the rustic stone facade of the building was inspired by the kind of masonry often found in Colorado.

The most impressive installation is in the patio area. The double-sided outdoor fireplace is visible to passersby and provides visual interest.

“This patio really makes the place unique,” Loftis said.

Another feature of the chain is their Tennessee artisan constructed iron firebird sculptures, which adorn the walls inside and outside of the restaurant. Firebirds also commissioned original paintings for the Gainesville location.

Firebirds of Gainesville is currently awaiting its liquor license, which should be coming soon, Loftis said. Unfortunately, their featured “rainbow” bar and wine installations were not setup for preview customers this weekend.

The staff of Firebirds is particularly proud of the patio area, which will feature a double sided fireplace.

Visually, it represents the fun social atmosphere they want to promote. However, the bar area is also sophisticated, warm and inviting with slate floors, granite tabletops and a large wine wall behind the hostess stand as customers enter.

At the bar and on the patio, people can order “bar bites” desserts, or drinks. Bar bites feature both fun and sophisticated appetizers such as Crispy Mahi Tacos, Pretzels and Samuel Adams Beer Cheese, and Ahi Tuna Tar-Tar. All bar bites are $3 off during happy hour, which is offered early evening every Monday-Friday.

Wine aficionados (we know you are out there!) will appreciation the choice of an array of Champaign, chardonnay, pinot noir, merlot, cabernet, or other reds and whites. Wines are served in 5 oz., 8 oz. glasses or by the bottle. Firebirds even has its own signature red and white wine.

Customers will further appreciate that the wait staff has been specially trained to recommend wine pairings.

The front of house staff greet local guests during Thursday's VIP preview.

During dinner hours, diners can begin with the starter menu featuring seafood favorites such as coconut shrimp or seared ahi tuna. For a light dinner, Firebirds offers a selection of salads, including both traditional salads and unique creations. Servers also provide warm towels to guests.

Firebirds has a steak for every meat-eater from kabob to filet mignon to Chile-Rubbed Delmonico. They also serve specialties including Sesame Encrusted Salmon and even American Kobe Beef Meatloaf. Of course, Firebirds also offers burgers and sandwiches as well.

However, diners at Firebirds should always save room for dessert. From Crème Brûlée Cheesecake to Warm Chocolate Brownies, they are decadent and sure to please!

Loftis said customers should expect amazing service at Firebirds where the wait staff has been extensively trained to pay attention to every minute detail in order to enhance the overall dining experience.

Firebirds commissions iron firebirds from Tennessee artists for it's restaurants.

New General Manager Chris Tanner, formerly of the Woodbridge location and a Northern Virginia resident, will oversee the Gainesville operation.

Firebirds hopes to become an active part of the community by reaching out to local charities and organizations.

“It’s important to us to reach out to local causes,” Loftis said.

The restaurant currently supports the national charity “Alex’s Lemonade Stand.” Whenever anyone buys one of Firebirds’ original recipe lemonades, $1 will be donated to the foundation to fight childhood cancer.

Those wishing to learn more about the Firebirds should visit their website, or visit them at their new Gainesville location at 14020 Promenade Common Street.
Photos by Jason Shaw.

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