Firebirds Wood Fired Grill introduced a taste of Colorado to the Carolinas when it first opened its doors in Charlotte, North Carolina in December of 2000. The restaurant is the creative concept of owner and restaurateur, Dennis Thompson, who regularly travels out west. He fell in love with the feel of the area as well as the food. Drawing from those experiences, he developed Firebirds. The exposed kitchen showcases a flurry of activity, while smoky aromas from the hardwood flames infuse the restaurant. “Grilling over the open flame gives all of our food a tremendous flavor,” says Thompson. “Our blend of bold seasonings, spices and sauces is designed to create an innovative style of American cuisine that makes each dish flavorful from beginning to end,” he adds. Guests can expect well seasoned steaks, ice cold martinis and much more. Additional favorites include herb roasted prime rib, fresh seafood, hearty pasta, awesome burgers and oversized salads. The restaurant features an indoor stone fireplace where guests can kick back and relax fireside. Exposed woods, bold colors and stacked stone columns make for a cozy, comfortable setting. Guests can sip cocktails and enjoy appetizers in the Firebar, while upbeat music pulsing through the room gives off a cool, hip vibe. The sum of all these details makes for one very dynamic dining experience. Since the inception of the first restaurant in Charlotte, the company has grown to 21 successful units across the country. "The flavor of our food as well as the experience we provide is authentic," says Thompson. "It’s very unique and I think that’s why when we chose to grow the concept it has been successful. It’s the kind of place you can go grab a burger (a really good one), before a movie or make a night of it and enjoy a steak and a great bottle of wine," he says. "That’s what makes Firebirds so appealing."