On Monday, July 21, 2014, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill will open its first Florida restaurant at The Market at Mills Park, 1562 North Mills Ave., in Winter Park. Known for combining bold flavors and fresh herbs and spices with Classic American cuisine, Firebirds specializes in aged steaks, fresh seafood, chicken and ribs seared on an authentic wood fired grill.
CEO Mark Eason is a Winter Park native with more than 35 years in the restaurant industry. “I always wanted to bring the bold flavor of Firebirds to the Orlando area because it continues to evolve into a food-centric area with those who share our passion for exceptional cuisine. I’m looking forward to bringing the full spectrum dining experience to the community I grew up in, seeing some familiar faces and meeting lots of new guests,” Eason said.
At Firebirds each steak, from the Chile Rubbed Delmonico to the Bleu Cheese Filet, is hand-cut and grilled to perfection. Other signature items include Wood Grilled Salmon, Lobster Spinach Queso and Creme Brulée Cheesecake and are all prepared on site from start to finish.
“We look forward to serving the Winter Park community and providing the most memorable dining experience for our guests,” said General Manager Oscar Padro. “Our inviting atmosphere is perfect for a family meal, a cocktail at our world-class bar or a romantic fireside dinner. Our diverse menu truly has something for everyone, whether it’s a fresh, hearty salad, a juicy steak or an enticing dessert.”
Unique features at the 7,450 sq. ft. restaurant include an exhibition kitchen, an indoor stone fireplace, and two “wine walls.” The award-winning FIREBAR, is backed with a waterfall of colorful bottles and hosts a selection of private Firebirds label wines and specialty cocktails, like the Double Black Diamond Martini® infused with natural, fresh pineapple for 21 days. The outdoor patio features its own bar highlighted with unique red art glass across the back, a steel bar top and a chilled wine bin. Dark woods, vivid colors and comfortable seating create a cozy and intimate dining room setting.
Firebirds in Winter Park will also feature artwork by local artist Leslie Neumann. Her critically acclaimed landscapes of Florida’s coast have been featured in exhibits and all 34 Firebirds locations nationwide.
Hours are Monday thru Thursday 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m until 11:00 p.m. Happy hour at the FIREBAR includes half-priced appetizer and drink specials from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at both the bar and the outdoor patio. Banquet service, catering and gift cards are also offered.