BRIGHTON Mass. Francis M. “Frank” Barrett, creator of the Ground Round casual-dining concept and a high-level executive of Howard Johnson’s during the family chain’s heyday, died on Nov. 15 at age 79, his family said on Tuesday. Barrett, a graduate of Harvard Business School, had a long career in foodservice, starting in the mid-1960s as a management trainee at a Howard Johnson’s in Wollaston Beach, Ma. He would rise to senior vice president of the chain, with responsibility for 900 ...

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