Restaurant chain expanding at Austin Landing location

Restaurant chain working on Warren County, Columbus sites

A restaurant chain expanding its reach to southwest Ohio — and bringing at least 170 jobs — plans to break ground at Austin Landing this spring.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill will start work on its new location off Austin Boulevard in May with plans to open late this year, said Stephen Loftis, Firebirds’ vice president of marketing.

The Charlotte, N.C. company, which also plans a location at the Deerfield Towne Center in Warren County, operates one Ohio restaurant in Niles. Construction has started on a Columbus location at the Polaris Towne Center with that restaurant expected to open this summer, the company said Thursday.

“We selected the Austin Landing because it is a vibrant and active area that attracts an audience seeking the full spectrum dining experience – delicious cuisine, a warm atmosphere and top-notch service,” Loftis stated in an e-mail.

Firebirds plans to have a staff of 85 or more at its 230-seat Austin Landing location, while employing a similar number at a 7,992-square-foot Deerfield Twp. restaurant, the company has said. Construction on the Deerfield site is expected to begin in June with an anticipated opening near the year’s end, according to the company.

The Austin Landing restaurant will be north of Panera Bakery & Cafe and west of Kohl’s, said Chris Snyder, assistant planning director in Miami Twp.

A liquor permit for Firebirds was approved by Miami Twp. trustees this week. Plans for the restaurant’s building shell have been approved by the township with issues such as roofing, lighting and signage expected to be receive the go-ahead in the coming weeks, Snyder said.

The restaurant will include 6,764 square foot of indoor space and a 1,137 patio, said Kyle Hinkelman, Miami Twp. planner.

Aside from Panera, two restaurants — Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse — are already open in Austin Landing.

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