Leesburg’s Firebirds restaurant will re-open this afternoon for the first time in more than a month. Patrons will find a completely refurbished eatery, but many familiar faces on the staff.
Firebirds has been closed since an Oct. 12 fire in the flue above the wood-fired kitchen. No one was hurt in the fire, but damage from the fire and smoke led to the decision to remodel the restaurant, which opened in the Village at Leesburg in 2011.
Stephen Loftis, the vice president of marketing for Firebirds, said the location’s 100 employees, who were paid full wages during the closure, are looking forward to the first dinner service, starting at 4 p.m. today.
“The whole team is very excited,” Loftis said.
The next several weeks are among the busiest time for restaurants, and Loftis noted that the Village at Leesburg has many special events that will bring in large crowds, beginning with Saturday’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony and an early visit by Santa from 3 to 5 p.m.