Firebirds Wood Fired Grill has hired Brian McAlpine as chief financial officer. He joins the corporate team and staff at 36 locations nationwide with more than 28 years of experience in the restaurant and retail industries. As CFO, he will lead and develop financial strategies, business plans and budgeting processes.
“Brian’s financial knowledge and proven experience will play a pertinent role in our growth,” said Firebirds’ CEO Mark Eason. “Brian not only has an impressive established background, but a determination that will be an invaluable asset to the team.”
Previously, he worked in the financial planning and analysis area of the Denny’s concept at Advantica Restaurant Group. He is credited with creating the finance department at the largest Denny’s franchise, DenAmerica Corporation, and spent more than four years working with Denny’s franchise restaurants and company-owned Black-Eyed Pea restaurants. He most recently spent 14 years as SVP of financial planning at The Cato Corporation, a publically held women’s apparel retailer.
Charlotte, NC-based Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is a collection of 36 polished casual restaurants known for classic American, wood fired grilled entrees. Open for lunch and dinner, Firebirds features a large variety of bold selections prepared in-house, including hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, chicken and ribs — all seared over local hickory, oak or pecan wood. Since 2000, loyal guests have enjoyed signature menu items at moderate prices, such as Firebirds’ Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Chile Rubbed Delmonico, Wood Grilled Salmon and more. The award-winning FIREBAR boasts private Firebirds label wines and specialty seasonal cocktails, including its signature Double Black Diamond Martini. The combination of Firebirds’ warm ambiance, personable service and delicious flavor provides the full spectrum dining experience guaranteed to Spark Something. Firebirds was named one of ten 2014 ‘Breakout Brands’ by Nation’s Restaurant News and received a 2014 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. For more information or to find a location near you, please visit firebirdsrestaurants.com, like us on Facebook and follow us @FirebirdsGrill.