You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

2 new steakhouses to hire up to 200

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, a North Carolina-based chain of steakhouses, will open two restaurants in southwest Ohio this fall, employing a combined 170 to 200 people, company officials announced Wednesday.

A 230-seat, 6,800-square-foot Firebirds grill is slated to open in Austin Landing in Miami Twp. in Montgomery County, and a 250-seat, 7,992-square-foot restaurant will open in the Deerfield Town Center in Deerfield Twp. in Warren County, according to Stephen Loftis, vice president of marketing for Firebirds. Each restaurant will employ 85 to 100, Loftis said.

The Charlotte, N.C. company currently operates one Ohio restaurant in Niles in northeast Ohio and will open a Columbus-area location this summer, Loftis said.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill currently operates 29 restaurants in 12 states and was founded in 2000 by Dennis L. Thompson, who was the co-founder of Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon and served as its vice president of real estate from 1992-97. Thompson also was the original owner of the Fox & Hound Bar and Grill chain.

Randy Gunlock — president of RG Properties, developer of the Austin Landing multi-use project — said in a news release that Firebirds “will be a great addition to the already successful lineup we are featuring … . Firebirds is exactly the kind of restaurant this area is looking for, and I cannot wait to see it flourish in this market.”

It is not clear whether Firebirds Wood Fired Grill may be a replacement of sorts for Rue Dumaine, whose owners are re-thinking their commitment to relocate their restaurant and to launch a companion restaurant called Alligator Annie’s in Austin Landing, in part because of an 18-month delay in the construction of a retail section of the development. RG Properties officials declined comment beyond their news release Wednesday.

Three restaurants are already open in Austin Landing: Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Panera Bakery & Cafe and BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse.

For more information about Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, go to

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Business

RECALL: Beer company issues recall impacting Ohio
RECALL: Beer company issues recall impacting Ohio

Beer company Sierra Nevada has voluntarily recalled some beers that could have small pieces of glass within the bottles. The company announced recalls after inspections at the company’s brewery in North Carolina found a limited number of bottle were flawed. The flaw could result in loss of carbonation and a small piece of glass could break off...
Speedway to hire 1,000 workers across 9 states
Speedway to hire 1,000 workers across 9 states

Speedway will hire 1,000 workers in nine Midwest states and will host open interviews at each of its stores in the region later this month. The convenience store chain, with a headquarters in Enon, will host open interviews from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at every one of its stores in nine states, according to information from the company...
Holiday debt blues? Here’s help getting on track
Holiday debt blues? Here’s help getting on track

John North is president of the Dayton Better Business Bureau. With the holidays behind you, the new year is a great time to get your finances back on track if you’ve slipped a bit. By dedicating yourself to using credit responsibly and sticking to a sensible plan, then you can effectively pay down your debt. According to, total U.S....
New shopping center proposed at long-vacant Springfield site
New shopping center proposed at long-vacant Springfield site

A new retail development is likely coming to the east side of Springfield at a longtime vacant property, the first major commercial growth there in several years. The Springfield Board of Zoning Appeals approved Wednesday night a variance for the former Roberds site in the 3000 block of East Main Street. City documents filed by developer Springfield...
Gmail phishing scam may lead users to give up login info
Gmail phishing scam may lead users to give up login info

A new phishing scam is allowing hackers to gain access to unsuspecting Gmail users' accounts and target their login credentials, according to recent reports. Mark Maunder, CEO of security service Wordfence, described the scam in detail in a blog post, adding that it is also targeting other services beyond Gmail. Tech Times reported that the scam involves...
More Stories