El Fenix’ Mike Karns readies for his next big real estate move in Uptown

It didn’t take CEO Mike Karns long to decide he wanted to acquire Advancial Tower — a 17-story high-rise office tower at 1845 Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Dallas — and move his Dallas-based Firebird Restaurant Group LLC headquarters to the building.

After all, it’s a terrific location and the building has ground-floor space that was originally used for restaurant concepts in its heyday.

“We viewed this as a great opportunity to put some Firebird concepts in there and be closer to the El Fenix and Meso Maya brands,” Karns told the Dallas Business Journal in a recent interview.

“We like where this sits in the city and it frees up our other location on Akard for redevelopment and that’s available to put into play immediately,” he added.


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