When Tony Piraino and Owen Burke opened the doors to Pulse Lounge in 2005, they wanted to channel their inner entrepreneur and experience the thrill of going into business for themselves.

“Choosing Detroit was a pretty easy decision.  We wanted to be a part of something and in our own way help add to the city’s rebirth,” recalls Tony.

But after six years at the original Pulse location, Tony and Owen discovered that their building was slated to be demolished. The time came to see what their options were for a new location, and there was no doubt in their mind as to where that would be.

“We decided rather quickly that we wanted to remain in Detroit due to the direction of the city and what we could already see, touch and feel around town,” Tony says. “When we were told that our current location might be available we jumped at the chance.”

And so they landed at 419 Monroe Street, in the heart of Greektown.  With substantial renovations, including exposing the brick, refinishing the original woodwork, adding a state of the art beer system and more, it became the recently-opened Firebird Tavern.

But where did that name come from?

“The name….a long strange trip,” says Tony. “After months of research and friendly battles we wanted to somehow tie into what the city is all about and the current rebirth. In the Seal of Detroit in Latin it reads ‘we look forward to better day and we will once again rise from the ashes,’ a Phoenix or Firebird rises from the ashes.”

Tony says customers can look forward to a ‘true American Tavern’ with a great menu, beer and hand crafted cocktails – perfect for lunch, happy hour, pre/post games and events. The new addition of a second floor is also ideal for corporate functions, fundraisers and more. But be sure not to miss Friday and Saturday nights, when the second floor is open and host to some of Detroit best local talent, both DJ’s and live acts.

Take a look at the menu and other information at http://www.firebirdtavern.com/. Follow them on twitter at @FirebirdTavern for updates and specials.

Written By: Clare Liening / Photo credit: Facebook


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