Firebirds Wood Fired Grill part of Carmel hotel development

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, a fast-growing national restaurant chain, is planning to open its first Indiana location in Carmel.

The company expects to open a standalone restaurant in the summer of 2016 as part of the Drury Plaza Hotel development under construction near 96th and Meridian streets, according to a spokesman for Firebirds.

The eatery is known for its American wood-fired entrees featuring hand-cut steaks, seafood, chicken and ribs. Nation's Restaurant News named Firebirds to its list of "Breakout Brands" in 2014 for finding a niche between high-end and casual-dining steak concepts.

Firebirds has 36 locations in 13 states. The chain also plans to open its first locations in Georgia and Iowa, a second location in Florida and a fourth location in Ohio.

It serves lunch and dinner and also offers catering and banquets.

The restaurant brand was founded in 2000 by Dennis L. Thompson, who also co-founded Lone Star Steakhouse and was an original owner of Fox & Hound Bar and Grill.

The 10-story, 304-room upscale Drury Plaza is expected to open later this year. St. Louis-based Drury Hotels operates 130 hotels in 20 states, including two in Indianapolis—a Drury Inn on Michigan Road and a Drury Inn & Suites on Shadeland Avenue.

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