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Firebird Restaurant acquires Village Burger Bar

The owner of Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar has acquired another Dallas landmark food establishment.

Mike Karns, CEO of Firebird Restaurant Group LLC, announced today that the company has acquired Village Burger Bar from its founding owners, husband and wife duo Mike and Susan Matta. The transaction closed today. Terms were not disclosed.

“Village Burger Bar is an excellent fit within our brands at Firebird Restaurant Group,” said Karns. “Mike and Susan have built a great business with a loyal following, and we are committed to continuing the practices that have made them successful over the years while also continuing to enhance the quality of this well-loved brand.”

The Mattas opened their first Village Burger Bar in Dallas’ West Village in 2005. Since then, the neighborhood-centered concept has grown to four restaurants – in Allen, North Dallas (Inwood), the Shops at Legacy in Plano and the original location.

Village Burger Bar serves burgers, salads and panini in a modern and warm setting. Each restaurant also features multiple taps for local craft beers.

“We wanted to sell Village Burger Bar to make sure the brand could be taken to the next level,” said Mike Matta. “We talked with a few groups, but Firebird Restaurant Group proved to be a perfect fit. They had a clear understanding of our brand and we felt like they would build on what we already have in place.”

Karns emphasized that each restaurant would continue to be run by its existing team, and no menu changes are expected, so long-time fans of Village Burger Bar should not notice any differences.

Additional expansion of the brand across North Texas is expected, but no details have yet been announced.

Firebird recently opened another of its restaurant concepts – Meso Maya – on Hulen Street in Fort Worth.

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