El Fenix chain sold by founding family

DALLAS The 15-unit El Fenix restaurant chain, founded here by the Martinez family almost 90 years ago, has been sold to a newly formed company called Firebird Restaurant Group LLC.

Terms of the sale, which was completed May 30, were not disclosed.

Firebird Restaurant Group, also based here, was formed exclusively for the El Fenix deal by Mike Karns of Karns Commercial Real Estate. Karns will serve as chairman and chief executive and oversee business

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