The parent company of the Freebirds World Burrito concept is launching a franchising program for the brand that is expected to get underway in the fourth quarter. Bryan Lockwood, president of Tavistock Restaurants LLC, the Emeryville, Calif.-based parent of the 47-unit Freebirds chain, said the company is registered to franchise in 41 states and has begun accepting applications from interested franchisees. The move is expected to further accelerate the brand’s already rapid growth ...

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