The operators of Moorestown Mall vowed that Firebirds Wood-Fired Grill would open before Christmas.

By gum, it will.

Monday, Dec.23 is the debut of the moderate-priced steak/seafood chain that sears its grub over wood in an exhibition kitchen and features stylish bars indoors and outdoors - a la Redstone Grill.

It's between Macy's and Sears, on the other side of the mall from Marc Vetri's new Osteria branch. (The Jose Garces-owned Distrito is months away.)

This is the 29th Firebirds (others locally are in Chadds Ford, Newark and Collegeville) and the first in New Jersey.

It's open for lunch and dinner.

(Holiday hours: Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Christmas Day, New Year's Eve from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., New Year's Day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)